Organization of the 1st Africa E-IBC Health Regional Forum 2017 on the use of community-based interventions (CBIs) and digital technologies in the health sector in the ECOWAS region from 14 to 17 November 2017 at Nsa Grand Hotel Bassam in Ivory Coast.

The 1st Africa E-IBC Health Regional Forum 2017 was held from 14 to 17 November 2017 at the initiative of the International League for the Study and Promotion of Community Health (LIEPSC) and its partners in the health sector (IRC, ANADER, ICAP, FIPME / ACPCI, ACF, DSC) and ICT (RIPAQS, UNFM, CND-TIC and GOTIC) with the collaboration of the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene (MSHP) and the Ministry of communication and the digital economy and the post office, is intended as a platform for the exchange of experiences of actors and partners on the issue and strategies of the institutionalization of community health and ICT in health systems in Africa .

The theme on "Operationalizing the use of community participation and digital technologies in health action in Africa: What impact on the improvement of health indicators", aimed to promote the capitalization and valorization of interventions community-based (CBI) and the use of digital technologies (ICT) to enhance access to care and the performance of national health systems in ECOWAS countries (www.ibc-sante.org). .com).

It is part of the preparatory activities of CIMSA 2018 in Cotonou and in response to the international requirements for the development and institutionalization of community participation in health promotion promoted by WHO since 1978 at Alma Ata, the many persistent challenges posed by the triple burden of communicable diseases, noncommunicable diseases and socio-behavioral conditions in Africa.

This regional forum is also part of the follow-up to the recommendations of the 2013 Dakar regional workshop organized by WHO and ITU on ICT strategies to improve the health status of women and men. children, the regional workshop E-Health Africa Bassam in 2015 organized by the RIPAQS and WAHO on the introduction of digital technologies in the health sector in the ECOWAS region, and the high-level meeting ITU / WHO on digital health in Geneva in 2016 on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly.

It consisted of two complementary parts: i) A scientific component dealing with the issue of the integration of IBC / ICT in health systems (panels, technical sessions, group work, round tables) and ii) a technical component (Demo space / ICT innovations / IBC, B to B meeting, exhibition hall, E-health start-up competition and launch of the International Master in Digital Health in Africa (MISNA).

 

The main objective of this Bassam regional forum was to contribute to the establishment of a platform for exchange and sharing of experiences on the use of community-based interventions (CBIs) and the use of ICTs in the community. health sector with a view to improving health indicators in the countries of the ECOWAS region.