The Digital Health: Planning National Systems (DHPNS) course of the Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) cohort was conducted from 19th September until 8th December 2022, with the support of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It was conducted by TechChange using the curriculum developed by USAID, Digital Square, TechChange, and Last Mile Health which was based on the content compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The course included nine self-study modules with once-a-week live deliveries (two hours per session) and a final project group presentation.
A total of 97 participants from 13 countries joined the course. At the end of the course, a total of 72 participants successfully completed the course with a passing rate of 74.23%. Table 1 shows the breakdown of the passers by each country and sector. The 72 passers were from 11 countries, with the most passers from Philippines (14), Sri Lanka (12), Malaysia (11), Thailand (10) and India (9). Majority of them are from the government sector, followed by academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sectors.
A reunion meeting with the Digital Health: Planning National Systems (DHPNS)-AeHIN cohort was conducted via Zoom on 24th January 2023.
The aim of the reunion meeting was to provide a platform for updates and explore the willingness to form a community of practice (CoP).
Twenty-five alumni joined the reunion meeting and shared their thoughts about how to make use of the certification for the countries and regions. These alumni are willing to join the CoP.