Digital Health in Africa: How do we best support UHC in cities and remote areas alike?
Siemens Healthineers side event at the 72nd World Health Assembly

Many countries on the African continent experience rapid urbanization and growing economic and political stability – and at the same time a shortage of workforce in healthcare and a growing burden of non-communicable diseases which not only severely effect individuals, but also represents a drag on growth in GDP. In this scenario and to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal on good health and wellbeing (SDG 3), digital health solutions present an opportunity to leapfrog some of the shortfalls of developing healthcare systems, because “digital technologies (…) offer the potential to enhance the coverage and quality of health practices and services”1 and thus contribute to universal health coverage.

In addition to a trained healthcare workforce, digital health solutions rely on sustainable financing, reliable infrastructure, supply chain for parts and consumables, continuous maintenance, and the capacities to understand and explain their benefits and limitations to healthcare professionals and patients alike. With the right approach, patients will benefit from sustained “uptime” in access to healthcare services.

We would like to focus this round table discussion on digital health interventions that provide support to healthcare professionals, e. g. by offering expertise remotely, ensuring quality by access to protocols and guidelines, supporting decisions or offering training and education digitally. We would like to discuss this based on real life examples from the African continent and explore opportunities for further collaboration.

This interactive round table discussion will be hosted by Mr. Ole Per Maaloey, Head of Eastern Africa and Middle East, and Mr. Hassan Safer-Tebbi, Head of Western Africa, France and Belgium (both Siemens Healthineers). Please join us to exchange views with experts from public administrations, financial institutions, and (international) non-governmental organizations. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

(1) WHO: Recommendations on digital interventions for health system strengthening, Apr 2019

Date and location

Tuesday, May 21
18:00 to 19:30pm
Hotel Intercontinental, Room "Paris"
Chemin du Petit-Saconnex 7-9, Geneva

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