Thomas Opiyo Onyango
Monday, 8 March 2021 Day 1
Technology and Digital Platforms for UHC
Hosted by Amref Health Africa
Less than 50% of Africans have access to modern health care facilities, and many countries are struggling to meet the needs of their population due to acute health worker shortages. In the face of these obstacles, innovation is transforming health care diagnostics, treatment, delivery, data collection, and user experience in Africa. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has galvanized the development of more than 120 health technology innovations that have been piloted or adopted in Africa, according to WHO – including technologies focused on surveillance, contact tracing, community engagement, treatment, laboratory systems and infection, prevention and control. This session will highlight how novel and innovative interventions are responding to emerging needs as well as long-standing health challenges across Africa; explore the value of data systems for health and how they are being leveraged to make strides towards health for all; spotlight African innovators; and showcase technologies that are leapfrogging progress towards UHC across the continent.