Global eHealth Ambassadors’ Program (GeHAP)

 

Global eHealth Ambassadors meeting, Gulbenkina Foundation, Lisbon Portugal.

Meeting of the Global eHealth Ambassadors Program (GeHAP), Gulbenkina Foundation, Lisbon Portugal. Left to right: Frank Lievens, ISfTeH Secretary/Treasurer; Steve Normandin, ISfTeH Vice President; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Chair of the GeHAP; Professor Kwankam; Dr. Andy FIscher, ISfTeH President.

The GeHAP is an initiative of the ISfTeH, with seed funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. Advocacy plays a particularly important role within the broad framework of using ICT to strengthen health systems, especially in the Global South. Chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the eHealth Ambassadors are globally recognized personalities who serve as high-level advocates for eHealth. They articulate consistent, ethical and evidence-based policy and advocacy positions with regard to the use of ICT in health; promote the development of integrated eHealth systems in countries; and advocate a higher profile for eHealth in health development activities, country budgets, bi-, and multi-lateral partnerships, and aid and development programs. This program which was the brain child of Prof. Kwankam, when he was head of eHealth at the World Health Organization in Geneva, has a number of iconic figures as Ambassadors.