Thanks to all who joined us for the first Global Digital Health Network meeting of 2017!
 
We heard from Aya Caldwell, Head of Innovation and Partnerships at the Novartis Foundation about their soon-to-be-released Broadband Commission Report and from Florence Gaudry-Perkins on recent collaborative work happening across major donors to support digital health governance.
 
The Global Digital Health Forum this year held two events focusing on aspects of national digital health strategies and the important role of government leadership, governance and cooperation between ICT & Health: One event was a preview panel for a report entitled "Digital Health: A Call for Leadership and Cooperation between ICT and Health." The report, a blueprint to realize the promise of digital health, is due for release at Mobile World Congress on Feb 27th. It was developed by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development working group on Digital health, which is co-chaired by the Novartis Foundation and Nokia. Aya Caldwell, Head of Innovative Partnerships for the Novartis Foundation, will present the Novartis Foundation as well as the key messages of this session and the report.
 
A Cross-Ministry workshop entitled “Digital Health Governance, Leadership and Coordination” was also held on Dec 12th and co-organized by the World Bank, USAID & PATH in partnership with Digital Health Partnerships (DHP), K4Health, the Global Digital Health Network, and mPowering Frontline Health Workers. The meeting convened government delegations from Malawi, Senegal, Nigeria, Tanzania and Sierra Leone, as well as donors and digital health experts from the private and social sectors. Florence Gaudry-Perkins, Founder of Digital Health Partnership will present the key outputs from this workshop.
 
The Novartis Foundation is a philanthropic organization pioneering innovative healthcare models that have a transformational impact on the health of the poorest populations. Everything we do is grounded in evidence and innovation, and our work is a continuous cycle of evaluation, adaptation and application. The Head of the Novartis Foundation, Dr. Ann Aerts, is a commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and together with Nokia launched a Working Group on Digital Health in September 2015. The Working Group aimed to explore what is needed in digital health to realize its full potential to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (Sustainable Development Goal 3), as well as foster Universal Health Coverage. The report titled "Digital Health: A Call for Leadership and Cooperation between ICT and Health," will be released at the Mobile World Congress 2017 on February 27th.
 
Note that due to feedback in our survey, we have moved the meeting day to the third Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting will be held March 15th.
 
 
 
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Good reads:

USAID Impact Blog: Digital Health: Moving from Silos to Systems - by Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director at The Global Development Lab, and Jennifer Adams, Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health 

Devex:  How Facebook statuses informed the Zika response in Brazil - by Catherine Cheney

"Planning for an interactive and engaging event" - a blog from Amanda BenDor, Co-Chair

"It Takes More Than Money: The Non-Financial Factors in Sustainability" - a blog from our July Deep Dive.

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Coffee and pastry will be provided. Come listen and network.