Experts Call for more Partnerships to Facilitate Health Innovations

While several African coutries continue to face challenges in the delivery of health care services, cialis 40mg the adoption of ICT solutions is increasingly becoming the alternative platform to bridge the gap.

Scientists and techprenuers have developed a number of technology solutions including mobile Apps, online database and web based services to ease convenience.

Experts in the medical and ICT professions are calling for more partnerships among stakeholders in embracing technology in order to achieve the health related Sustainable Development Goals. The 5th East African Healthcare Federation Conference that commenced on Monday at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala emphasized the need for the public sector to play a supportive role towards innovation.

The conference is themed ‘The Role of the Private Sector in attaining the health care Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’

“The lack of conventional resources presents new opportunities to try new solutions such as technological solutions. However fot things to work, there’s need for partnerships from; governments, private insurance companies, pharmacies, telecommunication companies and donors,” said John Prinsloo the IMS Health Country Manager.

He cited a UNICEF and Rhodes University funded project in South Africa that will enable HIV/AIDs patients to test and monitor their CD4 irrespective of their locations.

“Imagine how far such a solution will go to eliminating the long delays encountered in obtaining laboratory results for HIV patients,” he added.

The Health Minister Dr. Chris Baryomunsi while speaking to Chimpreports on the sidelines of the conference re-echoed government’s commitment towards supporting innovation.

“Government has always been committed to public-private partnership and innovation is a key element in this. We encourage and will facilitate any investors who are willing to come in and champion innovative solutions through incentives,” said Minister Baryomunsi.

He further stressed that; “The President has always advocated for innovation and went ahead to create an innovation fund. Thought the fund caters for a broad range of sectors, it does not eliminate the health sector.”

A panel discussion on Innovating for health care

A panel discussion on Innovating for health care

Issues such as internet accessibility, affordability, data security and capacity building for health workers dominated the discussion during the conference.

Khama Rogo, the Lead Specialist at World Bank asked healthcare federations to engage governments in a discussion with telecom companies in order to work out subsidies for network expansion. This expansion he says will facilitate social benefits in sectors such as health and education.

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