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2nd meeting of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health

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From left to right: Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General,
Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania,
and  Dr Margareth Chan, WHO Director-General.

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Professor John Nkomo (left), Director-General of the Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority and Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General.

30 April - 2 May 2011, Tanzania 

A highly successful mission to Tanzania, where I served alongside WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan as co-Vice Chair of the second and final meeting of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health.

After two days of highly stimulating debate, the meeting, which was presided over by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and high-level staff representing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, adopted 11 recommendations designed to greatly improve the monitoring and delivery of health services in the developing world. ICTs will be key to these efforts.

I was also delighted to have the opportunity to visit the Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority facilities, at the very kind invitation of TCRA Director-General Professor John Nkomo and his team. TCRA’s vision and innovative approach has seen Tanzania become one of the most vibrant mobile markets in Africa, with penetration now above 50%.

Before leaving, I also had a private audience with the President, to discuss his country’s ICT priorities, and how ITU can help.
 

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 Group photo at the 2nd meeting of the Commission on Information
and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health