Digital Global Health: Empowering Resilient Communities through Digital Transformation

The Centre for Global Health (CGH) is proud to present its crosscutting theme on digital global health. The launch of this new initiative is celebrated with an online event discussing the contribution of digital health to digital transformation and creating resilient communities. 


Two people looking at a mobile phone

Photo: Catherine R. Kimambo introducing digital health in schools in rural Tanzania

This webinar has been recorded and can be viewed here:

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) half the world's population remain without decent health. Despite the promise of digital to accelerate health service delivery across the globe, many people still lack access to essential health services as it is neither available nor affordable. Digital Global Health presents an opportunity for digital transformation where innovative need-solution pairing and entrepreneurial discovery processes make health services accessible, available and affordable and sustainable.

Everywhere, and particularly in the Norwegian context, its “Digital Transformation and Development Policy”, access, skills, regulations and inclusion, are the drivers for development. While digital transformation has reached the industrial sector, the potential in applying digital health for empowering good health and well-being for all (SDG 3) has not reached its potential. Digital inclusion is one of the key drivers for community change, and was accelerated through the COVID-19 pandemic. 
This event launching the Digital Global Health Crosscutting Theme will address key issues including information access on the internet, trusted digital health information, and other means to foster empowering resilient communities. Join this live webinar as the theme's leader, Professor Josef Noll and invited speakers discuss and reflect on these contemporary topics:

  • Access to information on the Internet as a human right
  • Digital healthcare services in the underserved communities
  • Digital health promotion for community involvement
  • Trusted health information or “let the market fix”  (Lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic, Infodemics)
  • Creation of resilient communities

More about the Digital Crosscutting Theme


Time Title Speaker
13.00 Welcome Image may contain: Person, Hair, Smile, Head, Jaw.Jeanette H. Magnus | Director, Centre for Global Health, UiO
13.02 Introduction Image may contain: Tie, Clothing, Forehead, Hair, Nose.Moderator - Josef Noll | Professor, Department of Technology Systems (ITS), UiO & Secretary General, Basic Internet Foundation
13.05 Role of Norway in promoting digital public goods Image may contain: Stethoscope, Clothing, Hair, Head, Smile.Kristin Sverdrup | Project Director, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
13.15 Digital inclusion and transformation for achieving the SDGs

Image may contain: Tie, Forehead, Nose, Chin, Coat.Paul Richard Fife | Director, Department of Human Development, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

13.25 Sustainability and Digital Transformation as a business opportunity 

Image may contain: Clothing, Forehead, Smile, Eyebrow, Dress shirt.Kim Gabrielli | Director, United Nations Global Compact 

13.35 Discussion

Image of Arunima Sehgal MukherjeeArunima Sehgal Mukherjee | Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Information Systems, Department of Informatics (IFI), UiO


Image may contain: Clothing, Smile, Jaw, Plant, Iris.Christine Holst | Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Global Health, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, Institute for Health and Society (HELSAM), UiO 


Image of Tom NeumarkTom Neumark | Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Health and Society (HELSAM) and Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), UiO


Digital health promotion and community involvement

Image may contain: Glasses, Forehead, Nose, Glasses, Skin.Rüdiger Krech | Director, Health Promotion, World Health Organization (WHO)

14.10 Panel discussion continues with specific questions to Rüdiger
14.25 Closing remarks Josef Noll

Webinar Format

This webinar format will include individual presentations from each of the speakers followed by a panel debate and a live Q&A session with the audience. All participants must register in order to receive the webinar link. Please note that this webinar will be recorded.



Published Aug. 31, 2021 1:24 PM - Last modified Oct. 14, 2022 3:51 PM