Her stay at Kronikgune is part of the “They Research” program (“Ellas investigan”) of the “Women for Africa” foundation (www.mujeresporafrica.es).

The “Ellas Investigan” program aims to promote women’s access to science and technology, support their research careers, make their achievements visible and promote their leadership in the international scientific community. It also promotes the creation of networks of African women scientists, fosters cooperation between Spanish and European researchers and encourages the creation of joint regional and international scientific cooperation projects between academia, research centers and industry.

The Provincial Council of Bizkaia, through its “Bizkaia Koopera” program, is a partner of the Women for Africa Foundation in the “Ellas Investigan” program. Thanks to this collaboration, the Provincial Council sponsors the stay of African women researchers in some organizations or entities in the Basque Country such as Kronikgune or the Biocruces-Bizkaia Institute or Deustotech.

Kronikgune has been hosting Dr. Tulinayo Fiona, a lecturer from the Faculty of Computer and Information Science at Makerere University, Uganda, who is spending six months at the Institute. D. in Computer Science from Radboud University, Nijmegen in the Netherlands, her research is applied to different fields: agriculture, health, education, environment or geography.

The project he is carrying out at Kronikgune, focuses on the health area, health services. The aim is to study how systems thinking can improve understanding and responsiveness to healthcare problems. To be more specific, it is focused on developing a systems thinking framework to guide decision making during the implementation of collaborative knowledge management in personalized integrated care for patients with chronic diseases.

If you would like to learn more about the work Dr. Fiona is doing, click on the following link to read the interview published by the Women for Africa Foundation.