I was trained as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer specializing in Hematology at the Lewisham Teaching Hospital in London and the Royal Victoria Hospital in The Gambia. I later obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science from the University of Buckingham in the UK followed by years of industrial experience in Computer Information Systems, Finance and Administration. For over 15 years, I developed systems for banks and managed large projects and Data Centres for Standard Chartered Bank in Kenya, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Ghana and for the FAO (United Nations) Africa Regional Office in Accra. At my Alma Mater in 2009, I developed a Bioinformatics work bench for studying the genomics of Type-2 Diabetes and in 2017, I investigated the use of smart phones in managing Hepatitis-B infection in The Gambia. I possess a Masters Degree in Project Management from the University of Salford UK, and most recently, obtained a second Masters Degree in Health Informatics, from the University of Sheffield in the UK. I currently operate as a consultant in Information systems and Health Informatics. I continue to investigate the myriad of ways ICT can help in the understanding of endemic diseases in Africa and thus help improve the healthcare delivery in the continent.
What is your interest in Health Informatics?
I am interested in Health Informatics at the clinical level but more widely, I am constantly exploring ways providing vital health information to the public via the mobile phone. For example, how might we use the mobile phone to disseminate information about a disease outbreak across a nation. How can we build interactive platforms that would provide simple and precise answers to everyone regarding a prevalent disease of public concern such as Diabetes, Sickle Cell Disease, Malaria, Hepatitis-B. These are some of the healthcare issues I believe HI can greatly help to manage.
What is your profession?
IT Professional, Healthcare Professional