WSIS Forum 2013 – Focus on ICT for Post-2015 Development Agenda

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The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum is one of the biggest gatherings of the ‘ICT for Development’, or ICT4D, community. Jordi Serrano Pons, Founder of UniversalDoctor Project, will be presenting our new project called UniversalWomen Speaker, focused on providing multilingual maternal health information to pregnant women around the world.

In the coming week, the WSIS Forum will focus on the future of information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly as an engine of growth in a post-2015 development environment. Participants will engage in discussions on a number of diverse topics, such as ICT infrastructure, cybersecurity, enabling environment, e-learning, e-health, e-agriculture, media, accessibility, and ethics. High level dialogues with government ministers and representatives from business and civil society will examine:

  • Women’s empowerment in the information Society: systematic, scalable strategies
  • Smart climate change monitoring: Expanding access to information on weather, climate and water
  • ICT innovations and standards: Creating technology for the next three billion
  • Securing cyberspace in a borderless world: Vision 2015 and beyond
  • ICTs and post 2015 goals
  • Youth and ICTs

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré said, “This year’s WSIS Forum is a unique opportunity to develop multi-stakeholder consensus on what is needed for the WSIS process in the future, to ensure that the bottom-up approach of the WSIS process is preserved and that the decisions concerning modalities also respect the real requirements of the use of ICTs for socio-economic development, while ensuring growth in the ICT ecosystem itself.”

More than 1500 participants from government, private sector, civil society and international organizations are expected to attend the WSIS Forum during the week.


Anyone can watch the live stream of the WSIS Forum, just follow the instructions for Remote Participation at WSIS2013.

To find out more about the sessions being held at WSIS 2013, access the interactive agenda here.


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Scaling up eHealth projects to advance women’s health

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), eHealth and mHealth have become key strategies for advancing women’s health in both developed and developing countries where health care access and costs are major concerns. These technologies also play a great role in improving the health care system as a whole.

In Geneva on May 22nd, there will be a roundtable called “Scaling up eHealth projects to advance women’s health” that will showcase mHealth pilot projects, their impact and the sustainable solutions for their scaling up beyond the pilot phase.

Experienced players from public and private sectors, as well as civil society and development organizations, will further discuss the related issues, identify common interests for developing win-win collaborations and create synergies with current global initiatives on Women’s Health and ICTs.

UniversalDoctor Project will be presented by its founder and will propose opportunities for  win-win collaborations to enhance women’s health based on innovation, technology and communication.

This roundtable will brief the ministers and global health professionals attending the World Health Assembly to better understand how, beyond field experiences, ICTs can benefit women’s health. It will also highlight their role in creating the enabling environment to make it happen.

For details download the Roundtable PDF flyer :   Scaling up eHealth projects to advance women’s health

The 2012 Anne Maurer-Cecchini award of the neglected tropical diseases

The 2012 Anne Maurer-Cecchini award will be attributed during the Geneva Health Forum that will last from April 18 to 20, 2012 in Geneva (Switzerland). The prize 2012 will be  20,000 CHF.
The award is open to investigators and research groups that completed a clinical or epidemiological study in 2010 or 2011 on one of  neglected tropical diseases listed bellow.

The Anne Maurer-Cecchini Foundation has come up with an award to encourage and sustain research in this field in memory of Ms Anne Maurer-Cecchini who decided to work on neglected tropical diseases.
The award is normally granted every 2 years to reward or to finance clinical or epidemiological research performed in the field of neglected tropical diseases. Its aim is to help the team who accomplished the work to continue its research.

The publication must be attached to the filled application form and submitted by email to the Scientific Committee  and the application form can be downloaded from the website of the Anne Maurer-Cecchini.

The neglected tropical diseases targeted by the Anne Maurer-Cecchini Award are : 1-Leprosy, 2-Noma, 3-Enteric fever, 4-Trachoma, 5-Buruli ulcer, 6-Intestinal and hepatic helminthiasis, 7-Intestinal protozoal infections, 8- Human African trypanosomiasis, 9-American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), 10-Leishmaniasis, 11-Neurocysticercosis, 12- Cystic echinococcosis (hydatic cyst), 13- Schistosomiasis, 14-Lymphatic filarisasis, 15-Onchocerciasis, 16-Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm), 17-Trichinellosis, 18-Snake bites.

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