On 3 July 2017, the Fondation Pierre Fabre organised the annual Global South eHealth Observatory (ODESS) Conference at its headquarters in En Doyse, in partnership with the Agence Française de Développement, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, and the Fondation de l'Avernir.
This international conference was livestreamed on the Internet and honoured nine leading-edge eHealth initiatives.
Since its creation in July 2016, the Global South eHealth Observatory is designed to identify, document, promote and help develop eHealth initiatives that improve access to quality healthcare and medicines for the most disadvantaged populations in resource-limited countries. It stands as the leading resource and gateway for development of eHealth in the Global South.
Over the course of the one-day event, international experts provided their analyses and sponsors of leading-edge initiatives will present their solutions. It was a unique opportunity to meet tomorrow’s leaders, those who are already changing the way people access healthcare in Africa and Asia. As was done at last year’s event, the Observatory distributed awards to the most promising undertakings among the projects listed and profiled on the www.odess.io website.
Many institutions participated to the conference: the Agence Française de Développement, the World Health Organization, NGO eHealth Africa, Rwandan Minstry of Health, the Centre National d'Appui à la lutte contre la Maladie de Bamako, United States Agency for International Development and the Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine.
The day’s programme was livestreamed and watched at some twenty digital campuses around the world, giving students the chance to take part in discussions through videoconferencing, which is made possible by a partnership with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.
Rwanda was in the spotlight as it presents its model of digital integration in Rwandan public policy.