The GETHealth Summit, a major international health conference, will be held in Dublin next month, aiming to address the global shortage of healthcare professionals by harnessing the power of technology. Details of the Summit were announced today (16.10.14), by iHeed, an Irish social enterprise specialising in digital training content for health workers, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE).
The 2014 Summit, to be held in Dublin Castle, follows on from two very successful events held in 2013; the GETHealth Summit, which took place in the United Nations in New York, and mHealthEd, held at the Mansion House, Dublin.
Dr. Kunal D. Patel, Medical Director of iHeed, said: ““The World Health Organisation estimates that we are facing a global shortage of almost 4.3 million doctors, midwives, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, as well as a shortage of high-quality healthcare training, which has serious implications for millions of people worldwide. However, the use of information and communication technologies can greatly help to overcome this challenge.”
“The GETHealth Summit aims to bridge the health workforce gap in developing countries through new partnerships between innovators in global health education and information technology. We are delighted to hold the Summit this year in Dublin, following on from the great success of last year’s event at the UN.
“The recent outbreak of Ebola, now declared an international health emergency, proves the importance of upskilling people as quickly as possible – in communities with very limited resources and in rural settings – by using technology for training and sharing information. A crisis such as this requires a rapid response and new technologies enable messages to be disseminated swiftly. By empowering vulnerable members of society to engage in front line health care, increased use of technology will save lives.”
The GETHealth Summit aims to bring together leaders in government, health, education, digital and IT to discuss and develop initiatives, partnerships and ideas to address the global health worker shortage, through the use of digital media and technology.
Using Animation to Battle Ebola
iHeed has recently collaborated with US-based United Methodist Communications and Chocolate Moose Media to produce an animated video for use in West Africa that helps to dispel myths about how Ebola is spread and promotes prevention of the disease. The video can be viewed and downloaded at ebolavideo.org.
“Through a combination of weak health infrastructure, lack of awareness and inconsistent levels of education and an unfortunate level of unpreparedness, this epidemic has become a global threat,” commented Dr. Kunal D. Patel. “Digital media and animation can help fill the awareness and educational gaps regarding the Ebola epidemic. In combination with technologies such as mobile phones, mobile cinemas, projectors and tablets, animated information can rapidly help counter the spread of Ebola.”
For more information on the GETHealth Summit and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.gethealthsummit.org/.