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Message delivered by Dr Abdelhay Mechbal on behalf of the World Health Organization

Message delivered by Dr Abdelhay Mechbal on behalf of the World Health Organization

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eHealth Ghana 2009 - Message delivered by Dr Abdelhay Mechbal on behalf of the World Health Organization
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REGIONAL MINISTERIAL MEETING ON "E-HEALTH" IN AFRICA ACCRA, GHANA, 10-11 JUNE 2009 Message delivered by Dr Abdelhay Mechbal on behalf of the

World Health Organjzation

Honorable Vice President, Republic of Ghana Honorable Ministers Honorable Delegates Dear Colleagues and Participants in the meeting It's my pleasure to convoy to you the best regards of Dr Margaret Chan, DG of WHO and her regret for not been able to be with you today. This meeting, represents a milestone in a series of regional consultations leading to the Economic and Social Council's Annual Ministerial Review to be held in Geneva in July 2009, as it brings a number of cross-cutting issues together. The health sector being knowledge-intensive and requiring systematic and sustained collection of data, its analysis and the utilization of infonnation for decision making, highlights the timeliness of having this meeting on eHealth. Use of information and communication technology has become of strategic importance to enable collection, generation, and utilization of information. In 2005 the World Health Assembly adopted Resolution WHA58.28 establishing an eHealth strategy for WHO. The resolution calls on governments to fonn national eHealth bodies to guide policy and strategy development in eHealth including data security, privacy, interoperability, cultural and linguistic issues, infrastructure, funding, monitoring and evaluation. WHO has been working with UN sister agencies and pal1ners to implement eHealth systems and services. Among these has been the International telecommunication Union and the European Commission. And many others presents in today's meeting. WHO has initiated a number of activities and projects aiming at supporting member states in their efforts to develop and sustain eHealth at the national level. The World Health Report 2008 and the progress reports on Millennium Development Goals have identified the use of ICT as an enabler and a tool to enhance equity and universal access to health services. The use of Internet to promote health literacy, the use of databases to monitor progress, the use of tele-health to reach out to remote communities, the use of mobile phones to monitor health situation and disease surveillance and the wide spread of e-learning programmes, health mapping and geographic information systems are just examples of how eHealth can support health systems and services. Among the global activities that are ongoing within WHO in this field are:

J. eHealth governance. Building and promoting governance structures that address the
rights of individuals, rules and responsibilities of national, regional and global organizations in the networked world; 2. eLearning and access to health and biomedical research. HINARI is a public private partnership that enables low and mid income countries to access over 6000 medical journals free or at a very low cost in J08 worldwide Of wich 40 in Africa.

REGIONAL MINISTERIAL MEETING ON "E-HEALTU" IN AFRICA ACCRA, GHANA, 10-11 JUNE 2009

Message delivered by Dr Abdelhay Mechbal on behalf of the World Health Organization

Honorable Vice President, Republic of Ghana Honorable Ministers Honorable Delegates Dear Colleagues and Participants in the meeting It's my pleasure to convoy to you the best regards of Dr Margaret Chan, DG of WHO and her regret for not been able to be with you today. This meeting, represents a milestone in a series of regional consultations leading to the Economic and Social Council's Annual Ministerial Review to be held in Geneva in July 2009, as it brings a number of cross-cutting issues together. The health sector being knowledge-intensive and requiring systematic and sustained collection of data, its analysis and the utilization of information for decision making, highlights the timeliness of having this meeting on eHealth. Use of information and communication technology has become of strategic importance to enable collection, generation, and utilization of information. In 2005 the World Health Assembly adopted Resolution WHA58.28 establishing an eHealth strategy for WHO. The resolution calls on governments to form national eHealth bodies to guide policy and strategy development in eHealth including data security, privacy, interoperability, cultural and linguistic issues, infrastructure, funding, monitoring and evaluation. WHO has been working with UN sister agencies and partners to implement eHealth systems and services. Among these has been the International telecommunication Union and the European Commission. And many others presents in today's meeting. WHO has initiated a number of activities and projects aiming at supporting member states in their efforts to develop and sustain eHealth at the national level. The World Health RepOIt 2008 and the progress reports on Millennium Development Goals have identified the use ofICT as an enabler and a tool to enhance equity and universal access to health services. The use ofInternet to promote health literacy, the use of databases to monitor progress, the use oftele-health to reach out to remote communities, the use of mobile phones to monitor health situation and disease surveillance and the wide spread of e-Iearning programmes, health mapping and geographic information systems are just examples of how eHealth can support health systems and services. Among the global activities that are ongoing within WHO in this field are: 1. eHealth governance. Building and promoting governance structures that address the rights of individuals, rules and responsibilities of national, regional and global organizations in the networked world; 2. eLearning and access to health and biomedical research. HINARI is a public private partnership that enables low and mid income countries to access over 6000 medical journals free or at a very low cost in 108 worldwide Of wich 40 in Africa.

3. Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe). The mission of the GOe is to improve health by providing Member States with information on effective practices, policies, standards, and the implementation of eHealth in countries. It gives me pleasure today to announce that the second version of the survey has been launched as a pilot. The full survey will be completed and results published early 20 I 0 .. 4. The ePORTUGUESe is a platform to promote and strengthen collaboration among the 8 POituguese-speaking Member States (5 of them in Africa) mostly in the areas of health information and capacity building of health professionals. 5. The Africa Health Infoway is an ICT-based network of solutions for decision making. It aims is to reach district health facilities in African countries over 5 years delivering connectivity to global information, and capacity building through integrated systems to capture, use and exchange health information. 6. OpenMRS. WHO has played a catalytic role in fostering a standards based approach to eHealth information in member states. Beyond the traditional role of providing ministries of health technical assistance in these areas, WHO has helped form and sustain communities of developers, implementers and users of health information systems to drive innovation, application and local ownership around health data systems Md. Chair Person Searching the Internet and looking at the range of eHeahh activities in countries, one can notice a proliferation of eHealth projects in almost all countries. Despite this wide range of activities, it is recognized that eHealth faces serious challenges that require our work together. The collaborative work and joint responsibility of UN agencies, national governments, non government organizations and the private sector represent an opportunity to deliver results in this area. Without this sustained effort eHealth will continue to suffer from absence of national strategies and policies, disconnection from people's needs, fragmentation, under-resourcing, lack of standardization and interoperability between among solutions, lack of trained personnel and suffering from the top down approach of solution development Md. Chair Person. Working with ECOSOC on preparation and implementation of this meeting has been an honor and a pleasure for us. We hope by the end of the meeting member states represented here will have a consensus on the next steps for making eHealth a real contributor to health equity and to achievement of primary health care objectives and Millenium Development Goales. We hope there will be strong commitment by all partners to sustainability of eHealth in Africa, to develop national eHealth governance, policies and strategies, to develop frameworks for standardization and interoperability, and to forge public private partnerships that take people's needs into consideration. I wish you a successful meeting and look forward to having the outcome of your deliberations reflected in the Economic and Social Council's Annual Ministerial Review to be conducted in Geneva in July 2009.

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