The countries of the East African Community (ECA) have called on development partners to roll out a digital health strategic plan. The plan, which runs from 2019 to 2028, aims to transform the provision of health services in capitalization on information and communication technologies to not only improve people’s access to care but also to improve the quality of healthcare services. service in the countries of the ECA.
On December 5, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, represented by Libérat Mfumukeko (photo), Secretary General of the East African Community , have launched the call for funding. This was during the official entry into operation of the Eastern Africa Health Research Commission (EAHCR), based in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Created in June 2007, the organization will provide the community with advice on all issues related to health and health research. According to Libérat Mfumukeko, secretary-general of the East African Community, the strategic plan for digital health for which member states are seeking funding will be drawn up by the commission.
This is the fourth ICT related project around which the ECA countries are joining. In 2015, they launched a single telecom area to reduce the cost of roaming communications. They think about the interconnection in Mobile Money. The harmonization of ICT and telecom policies, in order to attract more foreign direct investment in the sub-region, was also mentioned on 22 November, on the sidelines of the 2019 Kuza Broadcasting Awards.