AeHIN leaders Dr. Boonchai Kijsanayotin and Mr. Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran attended the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Fondation Pierre Fabre on 12 September 2019 at Domaine d’en Doyse in Lavaur, France.

The event was attended by over 300 leaders from various sectors in Asia, Africa, Middle East and France to discuss improving access to healthcare in the Global South.

Among the special guests were Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

The proceedings included round table discussions on the following themes:

  • How can we neglected populations and diseases be part of the global health agenda?
  • Healthcare cooperation: what strategies would result in effective, sustainable initiatives?
  • Technological innovation: what are tomorrow’s solutions for expanding access to healthcare?

During the 6th AeHIN General Meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in October 2018, AeHIN and Pierre Fabre Foundation had signed a partnership agreement. In FPF’s 2018 annual report, AeHIN’s contributions, especially in the Observatory, were highlighted.

AeHIN leader Mr. Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran had been a speaker in the panel “Capacity building, from strategy to action” hosted by the Foundation on 1 July 2019. This panel was part of the proceedings of the 4th conference of the Global South eHealth Observatory held in Lavaur, France.

Following this conference, AeHIN together with the USAID-MEASURE Evaluation project had organized a workshop on ‘Health Information Systems (HIS) Stages of Continuous Improvement Assessment (SoCI)’ on 4 July 2019 at the Foundation’s headquarters.

Mr. Manish Kumar from MEASURE Evaluation and Mr. Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran from AeHIN conducted this workshop.

The HIS SoCI toolkit developed by the USAID-MEASURE Evaluation project, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Digital Health and Interoperability working group of the Health Data Collaborative is now available now as a digital health global good.

The Observatory’s award-winning laureates from Burkina Faso, India, Mali, Mongolia, Tanzania as well as delegates from Cote D’ Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal and the Foundation’s staff were the participants of this workshop. The participants worked in small groups to understand the 5 domains, 39 sub-components and 5 stages of the HIS SoCI toolkit.

They reviewed the HIS stages measurement scale, the data collection tool, and completed the group work with an aim to simulate the assessment process in their own organizational and project settings.

In the plenary discussion, the participants shared their experiences and analyzed the importance of HIS assessment and continuous improvement in the context of their own healthcare projects. The discussion emphasized the necessity of contextualizing HIS improvement efforts and engaging local stakeholders to plan, design and conduct HIS improvement activities at the national or sub-national levels.

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