Reflection and exchanges within Be-cause health on digitalization started publically in 2016 with a conference Health 2.0: Are we ready to go digital? Follow-up workshops or the “E-Health for Development” academy have been organized examining concrete digital applications and ‘tools’ coming developed by academics, research centra and private companies.

During the 2016 conference by Be-cause health, over 120 participants shared innovative interventions and ideas from across Sub-Saharan Africa such as Benin, Sénégal, Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Burkina Faso. The conference led to the following recommendations:

  • Future digital investments should be in line with the values and the health system vision promoted by Be-cause health: they must be inclusive and contribute to equitable access of all users to quality health services.
  • Promote good practices identified by other communities and coalitions already committed to an inclusive development of e-health in LICs. For example:
    • through active involvement of the end users in the design and implementation of the e-health solution,
    • should not be ‘silo applications’ – they should aim at being part of (integrated) broader national and regional health information platforms.
  • Build a supportive ecosystem: linking the Development Cooperation & Digital agenda both in Belgium and in the ‘Global South’, strengthening of communities of digital stakeholders -> e-health projects, investments, education & skills development.
  • Monitor & Learn: We need evidence on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness and an appropriate agenda of implementation research (why it works or not, how it works, who it works for…).

Further workshops look at operational obstacles and sustainability of e-health interventions, potential impact on quality of care and challenges related to ICT capacity building. With a brief presentation of each tool, participants get the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience from leading developers and users of each of the tools.

09/06 2016
Présentations Séminaire Digitalisation Les présentations de notre séminaire " Santé 2.0: Attraperons-nous le train numérique ? " sont maintenant disponibles. Vous pouvez aussi lire les recommendations pour le gouvernement ici.

Documents de référence

Presentations e-Health Academy 26 March 2021

Presentations from the e-Health Academy of 11 December 2020

Presentations from the E-Health Academy of 28 August 2020

Presentations from the E-Health Academy of 15 April 2020

Tools & presentations from the digital health academy of 13 December 2018

Tools presented during digital health academy of 29 June 2017

Composition & membres

Stefaan Van Bastelaere

The workshops bring together Be-cause health members and sympathizers, representatives of the Belgian Development Agency, Médecins sans frontières, Médecins du monde, Médecins sans Vacances, Institute of Tropical Medicine, AEDES, Blue Square, Flow Pilots, Savics, Philips Healthcare Africa, VUB, ULB coopération, and a number of individual member of the Be-cause health platform.