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EURAFRI and CTS GNU Health Hosting Project

Based on massive requests of our ambassadors the EURAFRI Networking team and the IT specialists on CTS Germany GMBH (https://cts.at/cts-deutschland-gmbh/) started a health related hosting project to make electronic health and hospital information systems available to everybody. The instances runs awarded free and open source GNU Health software.

The GNU Health Project

GNU Health is a free/libre health and hospital information system with strong focus on public health and social medicine. Its functionality includes management of electronic health records and laboratory information management system. It uses PostgreSQL as its database engine. It is written in Python and uses the Tryton framework as one of its server components.

GNU Health has been adopted by the United Nations University. In 2011, it became a GNU official package. It was awarded Best Project of Social Benefit from the Free Software Foundation at LibrePlanet 2012, at University of Massachusetts Boston. GNU Health is a project of GNU Solidario, a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) that works in the areas of health and education with free software. GNU Health started in 2008 by Luis Falcón as a project for health promotion and disease prevention in rural areas. Its initial name was Medical. It has since evolved into a hospital information system, with a multi-disciplinary international team of contributors. In August 2011, Richard Stallman declared GNU Health an official GNU Package. Following this, development was moved from SourceForge to GNU Savannah.

GNU Health is intended for health institutions and governments, with functionality to take care of the daily clinical practice, manage resources, and to improve public health.

Find more info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Health

The EURAFRI / CTS Hosting solution

CTS IT Specialists and their 35 years of experience created the best solution for you:

  • Hosting on very secure servers within the EU
  • Each instance is protected by a fully separated and encrypted OpenVPN connection
  • Users are able to download their backup files to local systems
  • very cheap to use, no setup fees, great hosting support
  • no lock in. full backup can be downloaded
  • Migration of existing GNU Health server to our service is possible
  • Using free and Open Source Software only

Based on the above setup it is possible to securely and with full encrypted traffic use a instance from 1-n users. Full Tryton / GNU Health Administrator access is available. Currently the instances runs GNU Health 3.6.4.

There are some public accessible, auto resetting, demos available on one server. So if interested contact us to discuss your requirements.

Requirements to access the demo

VPN Setup

  • download and setup free Open Source OpenVPN Client from https://openvpn.net/community-downloads/
  • you will receive a ovpn file from us
  • right click on OpenVPN in the task bar and import file
  • right click on OpenVPN in the task bar and connect
Linux (Network Manager only):
  • Connect to your VPN
  • Edit config, click IPv4, click Routes, set the checkbox to route only resources of the vpn network
  • (Re)connect to your VPN

Tryton Client Setup

You need Tryton Client 5.0 currently!

This one is e.g. available as package for Debian Linux and others. All other downloads are here:

For Windows it is available here:

Check you package Manager for Tryton CLient first, but there is also a native Linux GNU Health Client available using pip3:

Setup should be done in a few Minutes. After all is done, start the Client, create a profile as told by the support team and connect to the demo.


Full documentation of the GNU Health Software is here:

The projects support mailing list is here:


Feel free to mail support@eurafri.com to get in touch. The PGP public key for the support address is here:

We definitely prefer secure, end-to-end encrypted, surveillance free, open source communication using Matrix. Best used with the free Element Matrix Client (https://element.io). Start 1:1 communication with @karl:matrix.eurafri.com to get invited to the support rooms. Especially for long time communication this is the way to go.

Please remember we are in time zone UTC+2 and our opening times are MO-DO 09:00-17:00 and FR 09:00-12:00.

IMPORTANT We do not get in touch with the Freemail providers who have blocked the EURAFRI mail server for unknown reasons. If you want to use these providers and you have problems to send or receive emails please contact them, not us. We suggest Protonmail.com or Tutanota.com as Freemail Providers using encrypted storage if you are unable to self host you mail server. Always remember sending unencrypted e-mails is like sending valuable data on a public readable postcard. That is the reason why we do not love unencrypted emails stored on “servers of others on the internet” (aka Cloud). Use free and secure Element Messenger wherever possible.

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Element.io prefered

We prefer to communicate via the free, secure and open source https://element.io messenger. Contact @karl:matrix.ctseuro.com or @markus:matrix.ctseuro.com to get invited to the community rooms. Currently all members use Element (former Riot)!


Feel free to contact us at support@eurafri.com. PGP is recommended for e-mail encryption. PGP encryption works on all modern e-mail clients. The public key for the support address is here: PGP KEY: https://eurafri.com/keys/supportateurafricom.pub


In very urgent cases and for huge donations we are available at +43 5 7676 7676 in case you need to talk to somebody. Please note this is for vip members, donations and core team only! We work on one extensions per core team member.

Bank Transfer Donations

We are able to receive IBAN and NON-IBAN donations to our bank account at Raiffeisenverband Salzburg IBAN: AT08 3500 0000 9116 1059 BIC RVSAAT2S ACCOUNT 91161059 BLZ 35000. Thank you!!

Paypal Donations

Donate as much as you like with Paypal. You can choose the amount you want to donate and also it is possible to create recurring donations.

Bitcoin Donations

Bitcoin donations are done via our self hosted BTCPAY server. No external service involved. We are happy to be able to accept Bitcoins.