GHF 2018 comes to a close

GHF 2018 comes to a close 

As GHF18: Precision Global Health in the Digital Age comes to a close, we would like to thank you for your participation and hope you've enjoyed the forum. The 7th edition of the GHF focused on digitalisation,  technological tools and their role in global health. Merging these concepts, talks ranged from how we could improve the quality of care using digital tools, the generalisability of AI in LMIC's and much more. Find more information on what you missed on the Daily News! We look forward on continuing this journey of better health for all.

ES2-4: Electronic scientific library… what solutions for documentation in remote

To train and share knowledge to staff and students, access to information is required. To address these challenges within the context of a remote setting, there is a growing number of research that prompted the development of devices. These devices act as local servers and wifi access points that help remote health workers access information. The idea of the scientific library is to tailor guidelines  for the country needs. MSF  has been involved in the movement for information access, with the gradual transition towards digital guidelines.

PS5-5: Telemedicine to fight against medical desserts 

National telemedicine services aim to increase the coverage of health care, but also aim to crucially lower the costs of treatment in the long run. Mobile telemedicine has played a role in Russia  in order to serve the most remote and vulnerable. Caravan-type vehicles are deployed with diagnostic equipment, refrigerators and generators. Extraction of results takes only a few minutes, and  therefore diagnostics are speedy and efficient. It is important to highlight that Sub Saharan African and South East Asian countries are also beginning to benefit from telemedicine. SatMed: a high quality e-health platform that is open, easy-to-use, readily available and accessible anywhere, has been deployed in order to assist NGOs, IGOs and health care centres in low resource settings. It integrates high-quality eHealth and mHealth tools in a secure and reliable platform to connect different medical communities. An internet connection isn't necessary. SatMed projects are currently running in 6 countries, including Eritrea, Niger and Bangladesh. These capacity building projects at the national level are a further demonstration of the importance of connection in achieving UHC.

PS4-3: Promoting family medicine to strengthen the health care system in Central Europe and Asia

How do we strengthen the human resource skills to deliver quality family medicine services to select countries in central Europe and Asia such as Albania and The Kyrgyz Republic? Funded by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), today’s panel presented various complimentary projects which addressed this question in the following approaches:

  1. Providing quality continuing medical opportunities (CME) opportunities
  2. Promoting Family Medicine as a professionally rewarding medical specialty
  3. Improving Clinical skills among upcoming medical students
  4. Preparing family medicine doctors for the challenges of practicing medicine in rural areas

A strong focus was placed on improving the quality of Continuing Medical Education (CME), and the need to promote the practice of Family Medicine in rural areas among future physicians.

PS5-3: Humanitarian action in the field - challenges and opportunities of a global workforce 

In this session, Alexandre Roux from MSF  and Cédric Schweizer from the ICRC  shared with the audience how their respective organisation is managing the evolution and challenges related to the workforce, which are:
  • Reduced international access to humanitarian fields
  • Humanitarian needs & organisational growth
  • International aid sector/market highly competitive
  • More and more specialized profiles for a multidisciplinary response
  • More and more people are dedicating a significant part of their career, and sometimes their whole career, to humanitarian aid
In order to face those challenges, MSF and ICRC must adopt strategies which are about investing in and managing people. The two speakers concluded the session by suggesting potential partnership, such as inter-aid actors partnerships and public/private partnerships. Another lead is to think about strengthening local humanitarian resources and plugging in expertise from the outside, and therefore combining local humanitarian and international mobile expertise.
Lets all keep working together for better health for all. Many thanks to the organisers, chairs, speakers and participants of GHF 2018! 
We hope you've all enjoyed the 7th edition of the GHF: Precision global health in the digital age and...

See you at GHF 2020! 

Written by:
Marion Gumowski, Morgane Guex, Sylvia Basterrechea, Alexandra EgorovaShem Reece, Mia Clausin, Fathia Muridi and Nefti-Eboni Bempong.