The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of 6 Partner States: the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The EAC is home to 150 million citizens, of which 22% is urban population. With a land area of 1.82 million square kilometres and a combined Gross Domestic Product of US$ 146 billion (EAC Statistics for 2016), its realisation bears great strategic and geopolitical significance and prospects for the renewed and reinvigorated EAC.

The work of the EAC is guided by its Treaty which established the Community. It was signed on 30 November 1999 and entered into force on 7 July 2000 following its ratification by the original three Partner States - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Burundi acceded to the EAC Treaty on 18 June 2007 and became full Members of the Community with effect from 1 July 2007. The Republic of South Sudan acceeded to the Treaty on 15 April 2016 and become a full Member on 15 August 2016. 


Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Engineering and E-Health

The Regional Centre of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and eHealth (CEBE) is conceived as an institution that will provide leadership, intellectual capacity, and infrastructure required to accelerate the provision of cost-effective, technology-supported healthcare services in Rwanda and the surrounding region. The CEBE will operate in an innovation, consultancy, and industry collaboration ecosystem to achieve high-impact results in support of key health services including medical equipment and devices, rehabilitation and mobility services, and eHealth services.

The project roll out of CEBE officially began in July 2015, following the official declaration of loan effectiveness by the African Development Bank. Since then, numerous operationalization activities were initiated and remain ongoing. This includes engaging stakeholders of the centre on possible joint activity delivery and conducting benchmarking visits to Europe and North America to study how biomedical engineering educational program are delivered and R&D conducted.

Presently, the educational and training programs are being developed with a view to launch them in 2018. Also the design of the CEBE complex is ongoing, with a view to launch construction in mid 2018.



In 2009 the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) enacted the IUCEA Act 2009, thus effectively integrating IUCEA into the EAC operational framework. The Act spells out the objectives, functions, institutional set up and systems of governance and management of IUCEA. According to the Act any university, university college and degree awarding institution may apply for and get admitted to the IUCEA membership as long as it is properly incorporated in the EAC Partner State where it is operating and is pursuing objectives that are consistent with the functions of IUCEA as spelt out in the Act.

Main Objectives

Facilitate networking among universities in East Africa, and with universities outside the region;
Provide a forum for discussion on a wide range of academic and other matters relating to higher education in East Africa; and
Facilitate maintenance of internationally comparable education standards in East Africa so as to promote the region's competitiveness in higher education.



To realise a vision of healthier Africans, health systems must be strengthened. eHealth is a key enabler in achieving this goal, though to be successful, eHealth needs to deliver more benefits for people. Unlocking this potential and developing it with African countries is Acfee’s main goal.

The African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee) has embarked on a journey to develop eHealth’s capacity and leadership for African countries to support improved health outcomes for their people. Our entry point for achieving this is direct strengthening of countries’ eHealth strategies and implementation plans, supported by the capacity and leadership development needed for sustainability and success.

The African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee) is an international network of eHealth professionals established in 2012 to develop leadership and capacity to advance eHealth in African countries. It’s a non-profit company registered in South Africa. Its board is made up of African public health and eHealth professionals.

Acfee believes in eHealth’s potential to contribute to health systems strengthening and transformation for better health for African people.