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WHO, EU Launch Digital Health Certificate to Improve Global Health in Nigeria ,others

TECHDIGEST– The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission (EC) announced on Monday that they have partnered to develop a global digital health network. The network, which will be called the WHO Global Digital Health Certification Network (GDHCN), will use the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate as a foundation.

The GDHCN will aim to improve global health by making it easier for people to access quality health services. It will also help to protect people from future health threats, including pandemics.

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The partnership was announced by Stella Kyriakides, the EC’s Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the WHO.
“This partnership is a crucial milestone in the EU Global Health Strategy’s digital action plan,” said Kyriakides.

“By using European best practices, we will contribute to digital health standards and interoperability globally, to the benefit of those most in need.” “The WHO GDHCN will be a powerful example of how alignment between the EU and the WHO can deliver better health for all, in the EU and across the world,” said Dr. Ghebreyesus.

“As the directing and coordinating authority on international health work, there is no better partner than the WHO to advance the work we started at the EU.”
The GDHCN will be developed, managed, and implemented by the WHO and the EC. The EC will provide technical expertise, while the WHO will provide leadership and coordination.

The first step in the development of the GDHCN will be to ensure that the current EU digital certificates continue to function effectively. In June 2023, the WHO will adopt the EU system of digital COVID-19 certification to create a universal system that facilitates international mobility and safeguards individuals worldwide from ongoing and future health threats, including pandemics.

The WHO plans to provide all of its Member States with access to an open-source digital health tool, guided by the principles of equity, innovation, transparency, and data protection.

The partnership between the WHO and the EC is a significant step forward in the fight against global health threats. The GDHCN has the potential to improve global health by making it easier for people to access quality health services and by protecting people from future health threats.