We act for healthcare access of the populations through digital

The Global South eHealth Observatory

Created in 2016, the Observatory aims to recognize, analyze, share, encourage and support innovation in digital health. With a people and needs-centered approach, it is as well an e-health resource center in the Global South, a laboratory of ideas and initiatives which supports and promotes innovative projects, and a portal to share this innovation with the greatest number.

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185 Listed projects

80 Recipient countries

41 Laureates



ehealth, at the heart of today's issues

Internet and mobile coverage has grown significantly in recent years as has the adoption of information and communications technology (ICT). The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates growth of these at more than 1 billion users every 5 years. Between 2000 and 2020, the number of mobile subscriptions was multiplied by 90, reaching 944 million in Sub-Saharan Africa (83% of the population).At the same time, and despite significant progress in recent decades, inaccessibility to quality healthcare is still prevalent in most developing countries. The use of digital technology has the potential to accelerate access to quality healthcare by facilitating patient follow-up, training health professionals, and improving coverage of health services.Moving towards Universal Health Coverage, digital tools can support and promote the transformation of health systems.

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Resource center

ODESS data

To visualize the main trends observed on the basis of the projects referenced

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Field surveys

To access reports on 46 particularly innovative projects

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Our publications

To access ODESS case studies and (future) thematic dossiers

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External resources

To access a selection of external resources published by leading organizations, experts and partners on digital health in the Global South

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The conference


Entitled "Bridging the Healthcare Gap: the Role of AI in LMICs", the 2023 edition brought together international experts, field actors and partners of digital health ecosystems to discuss the place of AI in healthcare in developing countries.. Replay available!