On June 22nd, 14.00 to 15.30 hours, the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia and One-World-Network NRW will present a joint online event investigating the impact of digital tools on the African health sector.
Throughout the past year, a number of African countries fiercely promoted health Apps, Open Source Medical Supplies and E-Health measures. Particularly during the Covid pandemic, agile start-ups managed to create solutions “made in Africa” for the continent’s health problems.
Are mobile health solutions a promising market for African maker spaces? Digital innovation could be the key to provide basic services that can improve people’s lives. Spare medical parts, face shields and prosthetic devices manufactured by 3 D-printers in Ghana, Togo and Kenia are deployed in hospitals. Tunisia and Morocco quickly de-bureaucratized their health systems during the pandemic: The informal sector was included into the crisis assistance. Actors in the health system digitalised at high speed and set up networks. In some countries, apps were used to monitor curfews. However, digital solutions need to be affordable in order not to widen the digital divide.
This online event will take a closer look at digitalisation in the African health sector, with examples from North Rhine-Westphalia’s partner country Ghana, as well as other states.
We are looking forward to a welcome from Dr Mark Speich, State Secretary for Federal, European and International Affairs NRW, as well as contributions by Geraldine de Bastion, expert on digitalisation in Africa, and Dr Moderick Chibi, advisor of the WHO-office in Brazzaville, Kongo. There will also be inputs from Dr Bernhard Braune, German Federal Ministry for Economic Development, and Dr Laud Anthony Basing, biomedical engineer, microbiologist and founder of Incas Diagnostics, Ghana.
Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos. Eine Anmeldung an die unten angegebene Email-Adresse ist jedoch erforderlich, um den Zoom-Link zu erhalten.