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Beyond COVID-19: The Future of Digital Health in Africa

29 juin 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Event Overview

Digital technologies are being harnessed to support the public-health initiatives including the COVID-19
response worldwide through population surveillance, case identification, contact tracing and evaluation on
the basis of mobility data and communication with the public. These rapid responses leverage billions of
mobile phones, large online datasets, connected devices, relatively low-cost computing resources and
advances in machine learning and natural language processing.

All United Nations member states have agreed to try to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. As such,
African leaders have been taking bold steps to improve healthcare systems in the process and at low cost
and acknowledge the potential of digital health. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic that has weakened
the health care system worldwide and exacerbated the already fragile situation in Africa, more needs to be
done not only to address the existing challenges, but also to maintain the momentum during and beyond the

Africa’s healthcare systems have been under pressure to fight the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the ongoing
threats of other diseases such as malaria, Ebola and HIV/AIDS. The future of public health is likely to become
increasingly digital, but as far as the implementation of digital innovations for the public-health response to
COVID-19 worldwide is concerned, evidence has shown that there are some limitations, and roadblocks at
various levels: legal, ethical and privacy, organizational and manpower. This pressure on digitalization of the
health system should be seen as an opportunity – not only for the governments to facilitate the processes
but also for innovators, donors and local organisations to partner and provide essential healthcare services
that are affordable, reliable and tailored to local needs.

On that note, African Sustainable Development Advisors, Inc [Afrisda, Inc.] and partners will organize a
2-hour 15 minutes virtual event (Webinar/Zoom) on Tuesday June 29th at 1:00 pm Eastern time/ 5:00 pm
GMT/ 8 pm EAT. This webinar is designed as part of Afrisda, Inc. strategy workstream based on Collaboration, Partnership, Stakeholders’ ownership and Knowledge transfer and aimed to raising more awareness on
digital health in Africa mostly during and beyond Covid-19.

During this event, Canadians and international development bodies (donors, investors, health specialists,
health academies, etc..) will interact, share and discuss the future of digital health technology during and
beyond covid-19 and advocate for relevant and sustainable solutions to strength the health system in this
digital health era.