Keynote: Digital health in Africa: Situation and perspectives
The development and use of digital technology has exploded over recent years in the African Region. Between 2007 and 2017, the rate of penetration of the mobile phone rose from 23% to 80% whereas the number of Internet users went from less than 2% to 22 %. Mobile broadband (3G/4G) is developing just as quickly, growing from 1.8% in 2010 to more than 26% in 2017. The cost of access and the price of increasingly intelligent and powerful mobile devices (smartphones) are becoming accessible to the majority of the population.
In parallel to this improving technological environment for the continent, healthcare systems are facing huge difficulties (human resources, funding, equipment, endemic disease, climate change, . . .) which seriously compromise the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage target set for 2030 by the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
In this context, what is the current status of digital health in the Region? What can it bring to healthcare systems? What are the challenges and opportunities we are facing? And which great success story can we tell you about?