Below are extracts from a press release on the WHO Regional Office for Africa website:


Geneva, 26 October, 2017 – With Africa currently undergoing a digital revolution, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) today signed a Cooperation Agreement in Geneva, on using digital services to save lives and improve people’s health.
The partnership will focus on building platforms to scale digital health at national level, build a capable workforce to effectively use ICT as well as address the need of multi-stakeholders partnerships for sustainable adoption of digital health…

In addition to saving lives and money, Digital Health initiatives help ensure fairness in service delivery and thereby stimulating progress in public health and making the system work for the whole population. Digital Health initiatives have demonstrated already the significant potential of ICT to empower healthcare workers and the beneficiary population by providing them with the right information at the right time and place…

The initiative will establish the platforms in countries to deliver digital health services such as mHealth, e-Learning, Health Information Systems, Telemedicine among others. It is anticipated that all countries in the Africa region will benefit from this initiative over the 2018-2030 period, over a span of four 3-year phases planned for the program…

Full text here: http://www.afro.who.int/news/who-and-itu-use-digital-technology-strengthen-public-health-services-africa

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