Harnessing Africa’s digital revolution to improve health and well-being for all, the joint WHO–ITU partnership promotes “Using Digital Health Services To Accelerate SDGs In the African Region
” by facilitating the adoption of ICTs to transform national health systems. The initiative is aimed towards establishing the foundations in countries to sustainably implement digital health initiatives and scale up the use of digital technologies in the health sector – to improve quality, accessibility and affordability of health services for all and bring impact to SDG 3.
The focus is on equipping countries with the necessary ICT foundations, fostering digital skills of health workers, and building digital infrastructure – including integrated systems and platforms – in order to provide and scale up digital health in a consistent and efficient manner.
Furthermore, it addresses the need of multi-stakeholder partnerships for a sustainable adoption of digital health, and brings together ecosystem stakeholders to strengthen public-private partnerships in order to increase the resilience of the health system. Other efforts include sharing of best practices, and supporting countries with impact assessments of digital health initiatives on their national systems. The program was launched in 2017. 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 consecutive phases of 3-years.