WAHO BIOMARS Health Cooperation Redefined Powering Health Innovation for ECOWAS Biodefence Mechanism A shield against the importation of disease from abroad Health Security A tool to prevent disease transmission within the West African Region Health Cooperation Redefined A Common Digital Health Platform for West Africa Unifying Health Systems Integrating West African health Infrastructure for efficiency gains


BIOMARS (Biodata Mutual Assurance & Recognition) is a platform by the West African Health Organization  designed in partnership with the Sankore Institute of AfroChampions and the PanaBIOS Consortium, with R&D support from the Koldchain Biocordon Group, an African machine learning and digital health specialist group. It is designed to be interoperable with similar systems at continental level, such as the Africa CDC Trusted Travel initiative.

BIOMARS provide a common infrastructure for regional cooperation in digital health, health systems innovation, and the strengthening of delivery mechanisms at all levels of healthcare through well-balanced public-private partnerships. BIOMARS offers all ECOWAS countries seamless access to uniform tools and a common data pool to integrate their regulatory and health provision  systems, paving the way for a truly regional health market


BIOMARS is empowering all WAHO member states to do more together to transform healthcare provision across the sub-region. Whilst the initial impetus for creating BIOMARS was to help harmonise the public-health related exit and entry requirements of member states in the wake of COVID-19, BIOMARS is evolving to address other health challenges and opportunities best solved at a regional level. Among these are: vaccine quality, perception and access issues; regional health insurance settlement design; health commodities supply chains; and epidemic tracking and forecasting

With BIOMARS, WAHO is working towards the development of a digital health and biodata interchange standard that should considerably transform the capacity of regional actors to pool resources and tackle perennial public health constraints.

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