Working Group Co-Chaired by:
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 economic development (and the MDGs).
- 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.
- 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.
- The group, chaired by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute, was launched via teleconference on 6 April 2011.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- European Commission
- Amir Dossal, Global Partnerships Forum
- The Earth Institute
- M-Health Alliance
- Klaus Leisinger, Novartis
- Reza Jafari, e-development international
- Kri-med Global Health
- Alcatel Lucent
- Carlos Slim Health Institute
- Johnson & Johnson
- Government of Uruguay
- Government of Azerbaijan
- Government of Nigeria
- Youssou N’Dour Foundation