The Global South eHealth Observatory

Created in 2016, the Observatory aims to understand, analyze, share, encourage and accompany innovations in digital health. With an approach centered on people and needs, it is at once a resource center on e-health in the Global South, a laboratory of ideas and actions, which accompanies innovative projects, and a portal to share this innovation with the greatest number.

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165 Listed projects

80 Recipient countries

33 Laureates



ehealth, at the heart of today's issues

Internet and mobile coverage as well as adoption of information and communication technologies have grown significantly in recent years. The International Telecommunication Union estimates it at +1 billion every 5 years. Between 2000 and 2020, the number of mobile subscriptions has 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, the need for access to quality healthcare is still very high in most developing countries. The use of digital technology could accelerate these advances, by facilitating patient follow-up, training of health professionals, and improving the coverage of health services. With a view to moving towards Universal Health Coverage, digital tools have the potential to accompany the transformation of health systems.

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Resource center

Data from ODESS

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

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Field reports

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 "Capitalizing on innovation in health", the 2022 edition will bring together international experts, field actors and partners of digital health ecosystems to share on operational research, evaluation and sustainability of digital innovations in health. Broadcasted live from 10 am to 5 pm (UTC+2).