2013

Health and ICTs for Rural Development

Working Group Co-Chaired by:

Jeffrey Sachs
Columbia University
Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General & Director of the Earth Institute

Objectives of the Group:

  • ​​​Identify and target possible partnerships which could result in scale-up initiatives in the Millennium Villages (e.g. in Nigeria).
  • Increase training for Community Health Workers (CHWs) by leveraging ICT and more specifically mobile broadband services.​
  • Provide a test-bed for quantifying the impact of broadband penetration on social and ec​onomic development (and the MDGs).

  1. President Paul Kagame, Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez and Professor Jeffrey Sachs announced new healthcare initiative targeting rural Africa – Jeffrey Sachs launches the 1 Million Community Health Worker Initiative at the World Economic Forum with strong support from President Paul Kagame and Novartis. 
  2. ​The campaign will be overseen by a steering committee at the Earth Institute and will be run through the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network as part of its Solutions Initiative.
  3. NEW CAMPAIGN TO TRAIN ONE MILLION COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

  1. ​The group, chaired by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute, was launched via teleconference on 6 April 2011. ​
  2. ​The group has held another two meetings, one via teleconference in May 2011 and the other in person as a side event to the Paris meeting on 6 June 2011.
  3. In 2012 Professor Jeffrey Sachs launched new UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network at Columbia University on 22 September, comprising research centres, universities and technical institutions with a mandate to seek solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic problems. Several Commissioners were in attendance and the group fully supports Professor Sachs in his new endeavor.

Outcomes

ICT rural development

ICT Based Tools for Integrated Rural Development

The Working Group on Health identified path-breaking opportunities for broadband-based solutions to advance primary health systems and determine the most effective ways to scale them up. 

Membership

Broadband Commissioners

  1. WIPO
  2. European Commission
  3. Amir Dossal, Global Partnerships Forum
  4. ITSO
  5. UNCTAD
  6. OECD
  7. UNDP
  8. UNAIDS
  9. WHO
  10. UNFPA
  11. ITU
  12. UNESCO
  13. The Earth Institute
  14. M-Health Alliance
  15. Klaus Leisinger, Novartis
  16. Reza Jafari, e-development international
  17. Kri-med Global Health
  18. Alcatel Lucent
  19. Telmex
  20. Intel
  21. Ericsson
  22. Carlos Slim Health Institute
  23. Cisco
  24. Qualcomm
  25. Microsoft
  26. Johnson & Johnson
  27. Bharti
  28. Government of Uruguay
  29. Government of Azerbaijan
  30. Government of Nigeria
  31. Youssou N’Dour Foundation