The EURAFRI GNU Health Hosting Project


The Project

Based on massive requests of our volunteers from Africa the EURAFRI Networking team and the IT specialists on CTS Germany 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.

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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
  • 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.

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 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 ( Start 1:1 communication with 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 or 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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