What is the Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH)?

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Achieving one of the three priority areas agreed upon during India’s G20 presidency in 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched the Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH) virtually.

About Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH)

  • It is a WHO managed network aiming to amplify and align resources toward country-led digital health transformation through strengthened collaboration and knowledge exchange.
  • It is a platform for sharing knowledge and digital products among countries.
  • The initiative aims to achieve the following objectives through collaborative efforts:
    • Assess and prioritize the country’s needs for sustainable digital health transformation.
    • Increase the alignment of country-level digital health resources and unfunded priorities.
    • Support the accelerated achievement of the strategic objectives of the Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2025.
    • Build capacity and converge efforts to encourage local development, maintenance, and adaptation of digital health technologies to continuously changing needs.
  • The initiative will be a network of networks with four main components:
    • country needs tracker
    • country resource portal (a map of resources available in a country)
    • transformation toolbox that will share quality-assured digital tools
    • knowledge exchange.
  • GIDH will support countries in three ways: by listening to their needs, by aligning resources to avoid fragmentation and overlap, and by providing quality assured products.
  • Membership: Membership is open to all institutions engaged in digital health.

Q1) What is the World Health Organization (WHO)? 

Founded in 1948, WHO is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health.

Source: WHO launches digital health platform agreed upon in India’s G20 presidency