UNCoLSC

Location:
Global, with a focus on Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Our Role:
Convener of the Digital Health Technical Reference Team

Resources:

The United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities (UNCoLSC) was founded in 2012 as a part of the ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ initiative to increase access to and awareness of 13 overlooked life-saving commodities for women and children (e.g., oxytocin, antenatal corticosteroids, chlorhexidine, contraceptive implants). Technical Reference Teams (TRTs) were established to carry out the Commission’s mandate, and the Digital Health TRT was set-up to operate across all commodities, enhancing commodity access and availability.

Partners

UNCoLSC TRTs (Child Health, convened by UNICEF and CHAI; Newborn Health, convened by PATH); D-tree; Moi University Institute of Biomedical Informatics

Activities

    • Supported the work of multiple TRTs in demand generation: mobile tools for behaviour change communications
    • Developed a strategy for harmonization and coordination of mobile tools to support integrated community case management (m-iCCM)
    • Provided general technical advisory support on digital health

Results

    • Developed a harmonization framework for scaling up mobiles for integrated community case management (m-iCCM) that can be applied more broadly
    • Extended the reach of health worker training on the preparation and application of chlorhexidine in Kenya and, separately, magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) globally
    • Provided technical advice to the TRTs on digital health
    • Developed toolkits highlighting resources and best practices on digital health

More Projects

Projects we are currently working on include:

Global Digital Health Index launch

Global

A global group of leaders at the World Health Assembly today launched the Global Digital Health Index (GDHI), an interactive digital resource that tracks, monitors, and evaluates the use of digital technology for health across countries. The GDHI will empower health ministries, funders, policy makers, and industry players to make informed strategic decisions as they build sustainable digital health solutions at scale

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The Global Digital Health Index

Global

An interactive digital resource that tracks, monitors and evaluates, and scores the effective use of digital technology for health across WHO Member States.

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Faster to Zero

South Africa and Uganda

The goal of the project is to increase the impact of digital health solutions for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an integrated digital health system and approach.

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Unfinished Business

South Africa

The Unfinished Business initiative was established to ensure that 90% of children living with HIV, TB and malnutrition are identified early and linked to the treatment, care and support that they need.

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MomConnect

South Africa

MomConnect is a South Africa National Department of Health (NDOH) initiative that provides tailored information to pregnant women and new mothers about pregnancy, birth and care of an infant.

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Some of the initiatives that we have previously worked on include:

AIDS-free Generation

South Africa

UNICEF South Africa commissioned HealthEnabled to investigate current digital health initiatives targeting sexual and reproductive health among youth and identify opportunities to better engage with that population, providing information and resources that promote healthy behaviors.

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UNCoLSC

Global, with a focus on Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Strategic and Technical Advisory Support

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ICT for Child Protection Case Management in Emergencies

Global, with fieldwork in Kenya and South Sudan

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mothers2mothers

Sub-Saharan Africa

Strategic and Technical Advisory Support

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EGPAF, Tanzania

Tanzania

Strategic and Technical Advisory Support

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