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ECOSOC Africa Regional Ministerial Meeting on eHealth – Use of information and communication technology for health

10-11 June 2009
Accra , Ghana

PROGRAMME

Day One
8:30-9:30

Registration

9:30-10:20

Opening Session

 

Welcoming remarks:

  H.E. John Mahama, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana
  Opening remarks:
  H.E. Sylvie Lucas, President, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)  
  Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) (tbc)
  Dr. Abdelhay Mechbal, Director, ADG/IER, World Health Organization (WHO)
10:20-10:30

Tea Break

10:30-13:00

Panel 1: The challenges  and sustainability of eHealth in Africa

 

Panelists:

  • Mr Brahima Sanou, ITU Regional Representative for Africa, Head of the Connect Africa initiative, Addis Ababa [Presentation]
  • Professor S. Yunkap Kwankam, Executive Director, International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth [Presentation]
  • Dr Steinar Pedersen, Director Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine, University Hospital of North Norway, WHO Collaborating Centre
  • Mr Stephen Lieber, President HIMSS [Presentation]
 

Moderator:  Dr Adesina Iluyemi, Chair, Global Health Commission-NEPAD Council

 

For discussion:

  • Health systems challenges hampering eHealth mainstreaming in Africa;
  • Information and communication infrastructure in Africa and the uptake of eHealth;
  • Where are the needs of people?
  • eHealth pilots  and initiatives: how to evaluate, what have we learned, when should they scale up, and how?
13:00-14:00

Lunch Break

14:00-14:30

Address by Professor Jeffery Sachs (via video-link) (tbc)

14:30-16:00

Panel 2: eHealth governance, policies, strategies and quality measures

 

Panelists:

  • Dr Gunther Eysenbach, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Canada [Presentation];
  • Dr Maurice Mars, Professor of TeleHealth, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, South Africa
  • Dr Joseph Amuzu, Adviser, Social Transformation Programmes Division , Commonwealth Secretariat [Presentation]
  • Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Director Knowledge Management and Sharing, WHO/HQ [Presentation]
  • Mrs Veronica Boateng, Director, Application Systems, Ghana Information and Communication Technology Directorate (GICTeD) [Presentation]
  Moderator: Dr Emil Jones Asamoah-Odei, Coordinator, Knowledge Management and Sharing, WHO/AFRO
 

For discussion

  • National policy and strategy development: who are the stakeholders, what are priorities?
  • Standardization and interoperability: what if we don't have it?
  • Legal, ethical, legislative and regulatory frameworks for eHealth implementation: are we there?
  • Quality and safety of health information on the Internet: who decides and how?
  • Quality and safety of health information on the Internet:: e role of standards, consumer education and media literacy
  • Where is the evidence and information for eHealth strategy development and planning?
16:00-16:15

Tea Break

16:15-18:30

Panel 3: Public health informatics

 

Panelists:

  • Dr Ramata Molo Thioune, Administratrice de Programmes Principal/Senior Program Officer, IDRC [Presentation]
  • Dr Heide Richter-Airijoki, Principal Adviser Child Survival and Development- UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, Senegal
  • Dr Mark Spohr, Technical Officer, Department of Health Statistics and Informatics, WHO/HQ [Presentation] 
  • Moderator: Mr Brahima Sanou, ITU Regional Representative for Africa, Head of the Connect Africa Initiative, Addis Ababa
 

For discussion

  • eHealth and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals;
  • eHealth and the renewal of the Primary Health Care;
  • ICT for disease surveillance and epidemiology;
  • ICT for data management and reporting;
  • Electronic health records as a source of public health data;
  • Pandemic alert and public awareness;
  • Health mapping and Geographic Information Systems;
  • Networking and data mining.
18:30

End of day one

   
Day Two  

9:00-10:30

Panel 4: eHealth and the people

 

Panelists:

  • Professor Antoine Geissbuhler, President Elect, IMIA;
  • Dr Hashem El Deeb, Director Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt;
  • Dr Ziedan Abdo Zeidan, Secretary General, Sudan National Medical Specialization Board
  • Professor Riadh Gouider, Director of Telemedicine Centre, Medical College, Tunisia
  Moderator Mr. Getachew Sahlu, Programme Manager, Africa Health Infoway, WHO/HQ
 

For discussion

  • eLearning: Building capacity of health workers (knowledge and skills);
  • eLearning: health education, literacy and promotion;
  • Health informatics education: building a critical mass of eHealth experts;
  • eHealth awareness for managers, planners and decision makers;
  • Ethical considerations in man-machine interaction
10:30-10:45

Tea Break

10:45-12:15

Panel 5: Economics, financing and partnerships in eHealth

 

Panelists:

  • Dr Peter Drury, Director, Connected Health, Emerging Markets
    Internet Business Solutions Group, CISCO
  • Mr Maurice Long, International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM)
  • Mr Vimal Wakhlu, Executive Director Mr. Vimal Wakhlu, Executive Director. TCIL, India 
 

Moderator: Mr Denis Gilhooly, Principal Advisor UN Office for Partnerships

 

For discussion

  • Moving eHealth from fragmentation to integration: is this a cost containment option?
  • Budgeting and financing of eHealth as part of national health systems: what are the possibilities and options;
  • Public private  partnerships in eHealth: the role of the private sector in building eHealth infrastructure and capacity;
  • Economic value of eHealth and impact on health (return on investment analysis);
  •  Funding opportunities for eHealth projects (UN agencies, European Commission, African Union, Foundations, Trust and other philanthropies).
12:15-13:15 Lunch Break
13:15-14:45

Panel  6: mHealth: mobile communication for health  

 

Panelists:

  • Dr Patricia N. Mechael, mHealth and Telemedicine Advisor, New York;
  • Ms Claire Thwaites, UN/Vodafone Foundation Partnership, New York;
  • Dr Adesina Iluyemi, Chair, Global Health Commission-NEPAD Council
  • Michael Dabaly, Group Global Accounts Director, Middle East & Africa Region, Zain
  • Mr Raghurama Krishna, Regional Director for Multimedia, Ericsson, Nigeria
  Moderator: Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Director Knowledge Management and Sharing, WHO/HQ
 

For discussion

  • What is the situation and where is the potential?
  • Mobile communication technologies and health applications: experience from the field;
  • Convergence of mobile computing and mobile communication technologies;
  • mHealth for healthcare professionals;
  • mHealth for the masses;
  • Texting for health;
  • Portable health and medical books;
  • Mobile vs. low band width internet: which can reach more people?
14:45-16:00

Presentations of best practices and new initiatives on e-Health

  • Africa Health Infoway project, Mr Getachew Sahlu, Programme Manager, WHO
  • Rapid SMS for malaria, Ministry of Health, Nigeria - Mr Emmanuel Ubachukwu, ICT Manager, National Malaria Control Programme
16:00-16:30

Break and preparation for final session

16:30-17:30

Reports of session moderators:

  1. The challenges and sustainability of eHealth in Africa
  2. eHealth governance
  3. Public health informatics
  4. eHealth and the people
  5. Economics, funding and partnerships in eHealth
  6. mHealth: mobile communication for health
Chair:  H.E. Sylvie Lucas, President, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
17:30-18:00

Closing Session

  Closing statements:
  Chair:  H.E. Dr. George Yankey, Minister of Health, Minister of Health, Ghana (tbc)
  H.E. Sylvie Lucas, President, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 
  Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) (tbc)
  Dr. Abdelhay Mechbal, Director, ADG/IER, World Health Organization (WHO)
18:00 Meeting adjourns

 

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