Source: Millennia2015 WeHealth - International Telecommunication Union - UN Least Developed Countries
The Fourth United Nations Conference for the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 9 to 13 May 2011.
The purpose of the conference was to:
- Assess the results of the 10-year action plan for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) adopted at the Third United Nations Conference on LDCs in Brussels, Belgium, in 2001.
- Adopt new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of the LDCs into the next decade.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) had organized a side session on Broadband for MDGs on 10 May 2011. ICTs are increasingly influencing social, economic, cultural and political developments in this globalized world. The ITU side event seeked to explore the critical role that ICTs and broadband technologies in particular can play in helping least developed countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Millennia2015 "Women and eHealth" (WeHealth) International Working Group (IWG) has been invited to participate to the ITU side event and to be part of the experts panel to discuss the various issues on accessing to broadband services and achieve the MDGs by 2015.
Extract from Millennia2015 WeHealth Contribution to the ITU Side Event at the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries
"Having access to Broadband services is a key issue with respect to Healthcare delivery. It supports Telemedicine, Tele-health, Tele-imagery, mHealth, to make medical consultations from medical specialists located in towns to women living in isolated communities. It improves healthcare delivery in real time and contributes to keep health workers informed and trained to make timely decisions, in particular in obstetric and child care. More broadly, Broadband is perceived as a powerful tool to reduce poverty, ignorance and the gender and digital gaps. Increased women's participation is vital in the success of the MDGs as it ensures that voices of women are included and they are able to influence policies and decisions on issues that impact their lives.
Women communities must be involved in the implementation process of building Broadband. They must be trained and educated how to use and operate the Broadband services and should be given them task to train all the women communities around them to reduce the health related issues. Schools and teachers could valuably support the expansion of the use of Broadband and make it popular among young girls and easy to use for all. From local communities to international levels including UN agencies, NGOs and donors, women have a role to play to make broadband accessible to the most in need and contribute to the achievement of the health related MDGs 4 and 5 by 2015 [...].
Millennia2015 Women and eHealth offers a unique network of active members to serve as a powerful platform to support women empowerment, healthcare improvement and reduce the digital gap through universal deployment of Broadband."
Véronique Thouvenot, Head of Millennia2015 WeHealth International Working Group
=> Direct link to the Millennia2015 WeHealth and others contributions: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ldc/turkey/documents.html
=> Direct link to the photos of the ITU side event: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ldc/turkey/photos.html
=> Direct link to Millennia2015 WeHealth International Working Group: www.millennia2015.org/V08_Women_and_eHealth
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