Who is AFRICA@home?
AFRICA@home is currently a partnership comprising the Swiss Tropical Institute (STI), the University of Geneva (Département d'informatique), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the non-governmental organisations International Conference Volunteers (ICV) and Informaticiens sans Frontières (ISF). The partnership has received a grant from the foundation Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN) to start the AFRICA@home project.
A student team has been active during the autumn of 2005 in setting up the first application for AFRICA@home, MalariaControl.Net, under the supervision of experts at STI and CERN. Students participating in this project are from the Universities of Bamako (Mali), from the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (Yaounde, Cameroun), from the University of Geneva, the University of Basel, and the University of Copenhagen(Niels Bohr Institute).
The CERN team from left to right: Francois Grey, Bakary Sagara, Christian Søttrup, Rosy Mondardini, Jacques Fontignie, Ben Segal, William Kamden.
The STI team from left to right: Josh Yukich, Tom Smith, Wilson Sama, Amanda Ross, Lucy Ochola, Nicolas Maire.
In addition, discussions are underway with the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar to host a server for AFRICA@home in Africa. Making African institutions a major stakeholder in AFRICA@home is a main aim of the project.