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Transforming Health care by means of Innovation: 3-Working day Workshop on Advancing Digital Overall health Maturity in Zambia

This week from 5th- 7th July 2023, the Government of Zambia’s Ministry of Well being, in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Centre for Electronic Well being (CWCDH), and the Globe Well being Corporation (WHO), is hosting a 3-working day workshop below the Commonwealth Complex Nation Assistance Programme on Improving Electronic Wellness Maturity.

The workshop aims to assess the maturity and capacity of Zambia’s electronic wellbeing programs, with a target on identifying important options to employ and scale up benchmarks-dependent digital overall health alternatives that can contribute to strengthened digital transformation inside the place.

The programme, initiated in 2022, types portion of the Technical Functioning Group on Strengthening Electronic Health, and in addition to Zambia, has 7 other nations that will be a part of this to start with section of the implementation. Following Zambia’s acceptance to take part, associates from Zambia, the Commonwealth Secretariat, CWCDH, and the WHO have collaborated to guarantee optimum advantages for the state.


The in-particular person assembly, using place in Lusaka, Zambia, provides together essential stakeholders of electronic wellbeing from numerous concentrations of the Federal government of Zambia together with the Ministry of Overall health, the eGovernment Division, and applying partners,  alongside reps from the Commonwealth Secretariat, WHO, and the CWCDH. The workshop will utilise the Commonwealth Electronic Overall health Maturity Evaluation (CWDHMat) instrument, made jointly amongst the Commonwealth Secretariat, CWDH and WHO to examine the country’s development on digital overall health and approach for in-nation support.

In her opening remarks, Dr Janneth Mghamba, Adviser in Overall health, Social and Plan Enhancement at Commonwealth Secretariat mentioned:

 “Digital overall health is now more and more recognised as an vital signifies of reaching universal overall health coverage, presented its potential to widen accessibility to health and fitness companies. This programme offers a exclusive joint method, leveraging experience from all entities to accelerate and scale the digital transformation in just local healthcare methods.”

The WHO has served as a crucial lover in the advancement and implementation of the programme, with associates from HQ and the Zambia Nation Business office in attendance. The WHO Representative to Zambia, Dr Nathan Nsubuga Bakyaita, shared his viewpoint:

“This workshop could not have arrive at a far better time than this when some preliminary function has presently been done and there is a starvation for additional digital/e-overall health solutions… I think that this workshop will give an possibility for reflection on the implementation progress of the approach, and recognize more locations of action toward building a strong digital well being program that enables the country to accomplish its general public wellness targets. We search ahead to a succinct report with a crystal clear way forward.”

The routine for the in-man or woman workshop incorporates detailed sessions linked to Governance and National Possession, Health and fitness Course of action Domain Factors, Basis Factors – eHealth Infostructure, and Foundation Factors – ICT Infrastructure. The workshop will conclude with the identification of tips and following steps to progress electronic well being maturity ranges, supporting Zambia to move forward in its digital well being journey.

Director of Facts Communications at the Ministry of Well being, Mr Andrew Kashoka, mentioned:

“Zambia has manufactured a strong investment in strengthening electronic health and fitness programs within the country, as evidenced in our 8th Nationwide System 2022-2026, which prioritises electronic innovation, digital competencies improvement, and the marketing of digital solutions as crucial components of countrywide industrialization and economic improvement. This collaboration with the Commonwealth and the WHO is priceless in our pursuit of technological improvement and improving upon health care for our citizens.”

The Ministry of Health’s 2022-2026 Electronic Wellness System will be a crucial document taken into thing to consider for the duration of the evaluation workshop, supplying an prospect to mirror on the progress designed and establish even further regions of action.

Next the workshop, Zambia will obtain a Summary Report outlining strengths, weaknesses, and tips for even further advancement. The country will also advantage from distant coaching and mentoring offered by a Commonwealth Electronic Wellness Fellow, presenting technological abilities and steering.

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