— Using technology to improve health in the Global South —

Because eHealth solutions help overcome many economic, geographical and social barriers to healthcare access and compensate for the shortage of medical personnel, the Fondation Pierre Fabre is helping to develop and make known these solutions.

Ninety-five percent of today’s world population has cellular network coverage and, in Africa, half the population, or 500 million people*, already uses mobile services. By 2020, 660 million inhabitants of the African continent will have a smartphone**, double the number in 2016.

While access to healthcare is the primary concern of people in low- and middle-income countries*, eHealth tools are important solutions in improving health coverage and service quality. The realm of eHealth is broad in scope, encompassing telemedicine, awareness and prevention through mobile applications that promote health, monitoring patients and epidemics via electronic medical records and much more. Such technology also makes it easier to manage health data, train caregivers through e-learning and democratise social insurance via mobile phones. In 2005, the WHO recognised this potential by adopting an eHealth resolution at its 58th World Assembly.

The Foundation shines a spotlight on these eHealth solutions by identifying and cataloguing leading-edge initiatives and supporting them financially, especially through the Global South eHealth Observatory. To redouble its impact, the Foundation is focusing its support on training healthcare professionals, IT specialists and policymakers, as well as conducting research to further implementation of sustainable eHealth solutions adapted to needs identified in the field.

*Pew Research Center study, September 2015.
**Deloitte study, April 2018.

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ICTs and health crisis: Relive the conférence


On 15 October 2020, the Fondation Pierre Fabre held its Global South eHealth Observatory annuel conference. Find here the different video chapters of the day, the complete programme, as well as the 5 laureates projects awarded this year.

Announcing the 2020 eHealth Observatory laureates


The Fondation Pierre Fabre is pleased to present the five Global South eHealth Observatory laureates for 2020 and announce the date of 15 October 2020 for the next annual conference. From a total of 78 dossiers, after a continuous monitoring process and a call for applications in late 2019 (15 November 2019 through 20 January 2020), five digital health projects were selected by the Global South eHealth Observatory’s expert panel.