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Centre and WHO to launch Global Initiative on Digital Health

Published on August 17, 2023
Current Context: Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH), which is a joint effort by India and the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve health outcomes and achieve universal health coverage through digital technologies.
Centre and WHO to launch Global Initiative on Digital Health
  • The GIDH will be launched on August 19 as part of the ongoing G-20 summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The initiative aims to facilitate the implementation of the Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020–2025, which was adopted by the WHO Member States in 2020.
  • The GIDH will bring together various stakeholders to assess and prioritize the digital health needs of countries, support the development and adoption of standards-based and interoperable digital solutions, and build capacity and convergence among partners to address the challenges and opportunities in the digital health space.
  • It will also support the response to health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, by establishing an interim Medical Countermeasure (MCM) network to coordinate the development and distribution of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics.
  • Additionally, the GIDH will launch a Climate and Health Initiative in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, as well as a patient and healthcare workforce mobility portal to facilitate cross-border movement of health professionals and patients.


Q.1 What is the name of the joint initiative by India and the WHO to improve health outcomes through digital technologies?
a. Global Partnership on Digital Health (GPDH)
b. Global Strategy on Digital Health (GSDH)
c. Global Alliance on Digital Health (GADH)
d. Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH)
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