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East African digital health initiative to be launched next week

East African Health and Scientific Conference and Health Exhibition is slated to be in Dar es Salaam come March 27 – 29(COURESTY PHOTO)

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Digital health initiative aimed to improve outreach of medical services in East Africa will be launched next week.

The launching will take place in Dar es Salaam during the 7th East African Health and Scientific Conference and Health Exhibition.

The conference, slated for March 27th to March 29th, will also lay ground for mobilization of resources for the initiative.

Digital Regional East African Community Health or simply Digital REACH is a mechanism that brings together stakeholders from the region to improve health outcomes.

The health conference in Dar will be preceded by a forum for government leaders, lawmakers and legal experts from around the region.

“The forum will focus on the digital health initiative”, said Prof. Gibson Kibiki, the executive director of the East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC).

“It is a dialogue between bureaucrats and technocrats who will join the health experts to discuss health issues”, he said, according to a media dispatch from the EAC.

The Bujumbura-based EAHRC was established in 2008 and operationalized in 2015 as an institution of the Community.

It is tasked to promote, facilitate and coordinate health and health-related research for the well being of the people of East Africa.

The conference at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre will be themed; “Technology for Health Systems Transformation and Attainment of the UN Sustainable Goals”.

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