Thursday, Jan 18th

UNESCO, MUHAS and MoHCDGEC Partnership on Tele-medicine in support of Health Innovation in Tanzania

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UNESCO, MUHAS and MoHCDGEC Partnership on Tele-medicine in support of Health Innovation in Tanzania

The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

(MUHAS) and the UNESCO Dar es Salaam Office have come together with other key partners at MUHAS Campus in Dar es Salaam, to design a pioneering concept for tele-medicine provision in a remote Maasai village of Ololosokwan in Arusha Region

The partnership will advance the provision of quality specialist health care for rural and remote populations, which are often excluded from quality health provision.  The envisaged concept of tele-medicine makes use of modern and digital technology, and its operationalization will provide a model for improved use of the 21st century technologies in the advancement of health provision in the country and continent.

The pilot follows an intervention developed by the UNESCO Dar es Salaam Office with the support of Samsung and the district authorities of Ngorongoro, which resulted in the establishment of a remote Digital Clinic, a live innovation platform for testing health services provision in maternal and infant care, dental and ENT services that utilize connectivity and smart technologies. The Digital Clinic was launched in Ololosokwan village in Ngorongoro, Arusha in November 2016.

During the workshop, MUHAS and UNESCO signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the partnership around the Digital Village Health Innovation programme. The signing also marks an important step in the operationalization of the Chair in Tele-Health granted to MUHAS recently by UNESCO.

The workshop was officiated by the Permanent Secretary Health (MoHCDGEC), Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya, the Vice-Chancellor of MUHAS, Prof. Ephata Kaaya and the UNESCO Representative, Mrs. Zulmira Rodrigues. Other participants included the Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Tanzania, the Deputy Permanent Secretary Health to the Prime Minister’s Office, representative of Tanzanian ICT Commission and Regional and District Health Officials from Arusha and Ngorongoro.  Other development partners including the WHO, Swiss Embassy and PATH foundation were also present.