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Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Addresses WHO’s Global Initiative On Digital Health Launch Event

The Global Initiative on Digital Health is a WHO managed network which was unanimously adopted by all G20 countries, invited countries and international organisations and collectively launched as a key deliverable of India’s G20 presidency

India’s Collaboration With WHO Is Testament Of Shared Commitment Towards Transforming Digital Health Ecosystem: Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya
Mr Mandaviya was virtually addressing the public launch event of the World Health Organisation's Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH)

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday said India’s collaboration with the WHO on the Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH) is a testament of the country’s shared commitment towards transforming the digital health ecosystem. The GIDH is a WHO managed network which was unanimously adopted by all G20 countries, invited countries and international organisations and collectively launched as a key deliverable of India’s G20 presidency during the health ministers’ meeting in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, on August 19, 2023. Mr Mandaviya virtually addressing the public launch event of the World Health Organisation’s Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH), said,

Our collaboration with the WHO on the GIDH is a testament of our shared commitment towards transforming the digital health ecosystem.

He added,

Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration of the G20 Summit also welcomed the establishment of GIDH within the framework of the WHO.

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Mr Mandaviya said the GIDH will allow the democratization of digital health technologies in national digital health transformation particularly the Global South.

The success of the GIDH also requires strong regional cooperation, he stressed.

He also urged the WHO-SEARO (Southeast Asia Region) Director to implement the GIDH in the region.

The minister highlighted India’s ground-breaking digital health transformations, particularly through the flagship Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission which he said promotes healthcare digitization and creates an interoperable digital ecosystem.

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Reiterating India’s unwavering support to the GIDH for its implementation, advancement and sustainability, he urged all member countries to join hands to strengthen the global digital health framework.

Mr Mandaviya said this will empower the countries in their journey towards ensuring universal health coverage.

As a WHO Managed Network (“Network of Networks”), GIDH aims to consolidate and amplify recent and past gains in global digital health while strengthening mutual accountability, and serving as a vehicle for implementing the Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020 – 2025, while enhancing the impact of future investments.

GIDH is expected to do so by acting as a knowledge hub and neutral broker to align resources and efforts towards establishing digital public infrastructure for health, a critical enabler for achievement of sustainable and evidence-based national digital health transformation.

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