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. It will bring together several entities including financial institutions, telecommunications operators and ICT companies with the aim of strengthening public-private partnerships to increase the resilience of health systems and improve their services and accessibility through the use of ICT.
“Through this partnership we have the opportunity to transform how health care is delivered in Africa, and contribute to the attainment of Universal Health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular SDG 3 on good health and wellbeing”, said Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT).
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