Considerations for an integrated population health databank in Africa: Lessons from global best practices

Jude O. Igumbor, Edna N. Bosire, Marta Vicente-Crespo, Ehimario U. Igumbor, Uthman A. Olalekan, Tobias F. Chirwa, Sam M. Kinyanjui, Catherine Kyobutungi, Sharon Fonn

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Background: The rising digitisation and proliferation of data sources and repositories cannot be ignored. This trend expands opportunities to integrate and share population health data. Such platforms have many benefits, including the potential to efficiently translate information arising from such data to evidence needed to address complex global health challenges. There are pockets of quality data on the continent that may benefit from greater integration. Integration of data sources is however under-explored in Africa. The aim of this article is to identify the requirements and provide practical recommendations for developing a multi-consortia public and population health data-sharing framework for Africa. Methods: We conducted a narrative review of global best practices and policies on data sharing and its optimisation. We searched eight databases for publications and undertook an iterative snowballing search of articles cited in the identified publications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number214
JournalWellcome Open Research
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Data sharing
  • Databank
  • Ethics
  • Open science
  • Population health


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