Dr. Ousmane Ly

Digital Health Consultant, Ministry of Health / PATH (DRC)

Dr Ly Ousmane is a physician and international consultant in public health, global health and digital health. He is a digital health adviser to the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is former General Director of National Agency of Tele-health and Medical Informatics, Ministry of Health in Mali. Dr Ly holds a University Certificate in Medical Informatics from the University of Geneva (Switzerland), a Diploma of Advanced Studies master’s degree in medical informatics from the University Pierre Marie Curie (Paris VI) and a Diploma in Health Informatics at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec Canada. Finally, he is an Assistant Professor/researcher at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako.

5:05pm – 6:05pm EAT

Monday, 8 March 2021 Day 1

From strategy to implementation: on the pathways of the continent’s youngest countries towards digital transformations in health

Hosted by Governing Health Futures: The Lancet & Financial Times Commission

The Governing Health Futures 2030 Commission is exploring the convergence of digital health and artificial intelligence with universal health coverage (UHC), with a focus on the health and well-being of children and young people. The Commission is gathering information on different approaches to digital transformation of health systems, particularly in countries with large populations of young people under 25. In 2020, the Commission conducted a study on ten African countries with young populations (Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda) to better understand national priorities and activities for strengthening digitally-enabled health systems, barriers to implementation, and the extent to which the needs and views of young people have factored in these efforts to date.

This session will provide an opportunity to hear the findings from the Commission’s study, and to contribute further insights on the experiences of African countries in developing and implementing digital health strategies.