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Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH)


Prelims: Polity (Global Initiatives ), Global Initiative on Digital Health, Digital Health, WHO

Mains: General Studies-II Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

Why in the News ?

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with Indian Govt, launched the Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH), a platform for sharing knowledge and digital products worldwide. This initiative constitutes one of the three priority areas outlined during India’s G20 presidency in 2023. 

Source: IE

📌 FYI on Prelims:

World Health Organization (WHO)

  • It is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) established in 1948.  WHO is the first global health organization established in 1948, replacing many regional and national health bodies.
  • HQ: Geneva, Switzerland. 
  • Member Countries: All Member countries of the United Nations may become members of WHO by accepting its Constitution. 194 Members of WHO are grouped according to 6 regions. 
  • World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of WHO, attended by delegations from all member states.
  • USA is currently the biggest financial contributor to the WHO, and has been its active member for many decades. 
  • Aim: It aims to enhance international cooperation for improved public health conditions.  Each year WHO celebrates its date of establishment, April 7, 1948, as World Health Day. 
  • Functions: Its specific tasks include:
    • Epidemic control, 
    • Quarantine measures, 
    • Drug standardization.   
  • Reports Published:  
    • World Health Report
    • Global Nutrition Report 
    • World Vision Report 
    • Ambient Air Pollution Report 
    • World Report on Hearing 
Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH)


  • Global Initiative On Digital health:
    • It is a WHO managed network aimed at implementing the Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2025 and other WHO standards, for digital health system transformation.
    • Launched by: India in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Features- The initiative will consist of a network of networks comprising four key element:
      • Country needs tracker: Helping digital health investments align with country priorities.
      • Country resource portal: A map of resources available in a country.
      • Transformation toolbox: For sharing quality-assured digital tools.
      • Convening and Knowledge Exchange: Encouraging better collaboration and knowledge sharing among global, regional, and national digital health networks.
    • Significance:
      • The initiative would aid universal health convergence and improve healthcare service delivery.
      • GIDH will help countries by listening to their needs, coordinating resources to prevent duplication, and offering quality-assured products.
  • Digital Health:
    • Digital health involves utilizing technology like mobile devices, software applications, and other digital tools to enhance health and healthcare services.
    • Objective: It encompasses a wide range of technologies and platforms aimed at improving access to healthcare, enhancing the quality of care. It empowers individuals to better manage their health and wellness.
    • Examples: India’s CoWIN, UNICEF’s RapidPro, and FamilyConnect.


Mains: PYQ/FAQ

Q. Appropriate local community-level healthcare intervention is a prerequisite to achieve ‘Health for All’ in India. Explain. (2018)

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