The Health Mission marked their presence in 5 countries across Africa – Benin, Rwanda, Mozambique, Djibouti, and Kenya, convening 50+ meetings recognising the potential of open-source digital platforms and the impact of digital health campaigns globally. A big thanks to our partners for the opportunity to meet some of the brightest minds in Digital Health leading us to take further our collaboration. Hearing them it felt that while our experiences have been in different lands, they are very similar, even the vocabulary is the same. In fact, by the end of half day, we were completing each other’s sentences.
eGov Team visited Mozambique to meet officials from the 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 and Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) team and discussed how open-source Digital Public Goods such as DIGIT and DIVOC can help governments tackle the challenges in deploying national-scale health & welfare programs. In May 2023, a Bed Net distribution campaign will be initiated in Tete, Mozambique through the Integrated Health Platform built on DIGIT, to reduce malaria risk.
Digitization has become an essential lever to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. As one of the partners of the GovStack initiative, eGov is working with the Digital Economy and Innovation Ministry at Djibouti to prioritize the services which will be digitized as a part of the entire country’s digitization through GovStack. eGov has also collaborated with GovStack Global to co-author a Country Engagement Playbook which will be used for driving impact through digital governance transformation projects initially in the Horn of Africa region (Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti). Subsequently, the playbook is intended to enable anyone who will work in countries implementing GovStack building blocks.
Digital public goods are an essential tool for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, especially in low and middle-income countries. However, despite the promise and significance of DPGs, there is little global coordination or consensus about how to design the technical building blocks of digital public goods and how they should interact with each other.
Strengthening the understanding of Digital Public Goods, CyLab-Africa Summit brought together stakeholders from across Africa and the globe, including government officials, healthcare providers, NGOs, and academia to explore how technology in general, and DPGs in particular, can be used to accelerate digital transformation securely, privately, and equitably. Pradipta Kundu, Gautham Ravichander, and Varun Basu represented the eGov Foundation at the event.
Pradipta and Gautham shared their views on building secure Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI), and DPG Deployment in healthcare and presented the impact of DIVOC in catalysing DPIs across 5 countries during a global pandemic.