More Africa NewsSub-Saharan Africa: a $50 million fund to accelerate the digital transformation of health systems

December 21, 2022by myles0

In full expansion in sub-Saharan Africa e-health contributes to the democratization of access to care for millions of people. However, the sector is not sufficiently funded hence its development delay.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and its private sector partners will support digital health transformation in sub-Saharan African countries. A $50 million catalytic fund called the  Digital Health Impact Accelerator  (DHIA) has been set up for this purpose.

The announcement of the launch of the said fund was made during the Africa HealthTech Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, on the sidelines of the second annual International Conference on Public Health in Africa which was held from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 December.

Highlighting the importance of this funding, Rob Cryer, Manager of Country Technology Services at the Global Fund and Head of the DHIA Catalytic Fund, said, ”  This fund will further strengthen regional and global data systems and monitoring capacity to data-driven decision-making, to provide better patient care and to transform millions of lives  ”.

“  Since its inception, the Global Fund has played a key role in strengthening digital health systems and health data in low- and middle-income countries. These tools are essential for defeating infectious diseases and preventing future health threats  ,” he added.

Indeed, digital health is not yet fully developed and exploited in sub-Saharan Africa. The Covid-19 health crisis has nevertheless stimulated this sector of medicine.  Since then, innovative e-health initiatives have multiplied due to the number of mobile phone users. The GSM Association estimates that , by 2025, there will be at least 634 million mobile users in sub-Saharan Africa , reports the specialized site We Are Tech . Data that shows that digital technology has already taken an important place in consumer habits, but also soon in patient habits.

The Global Fund and its private partners, through the DHIA Catalytic Fund, aim to support countries in sub-Saharan Africa so they can accelerate and scale digital health solutions that include, among other things, access extended to the Internet, strengthened information systems for data sharing, greater use of mobile technologies, patient-centric digital tools and unique patient identifiers.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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