Re Free health software and GNU Solidario, healthcare in low and middle income countries and the ten evidence-based recommendations on the digital health interventions that were prioritized during the scoping process of the WHO guidelines on digital health
// GNU Solidario - Advancing Social Medicine //
I have had the privilege of meeting and corresponding with the GNU Solidario group for half a dozen years. GNU Solidario is a non-profit organization founded by Luis Falcón on 23 November 2009 to promote the use of Free Software in the areas of Public Health and education. GNU Solidario origins are in Argentina, with Free Software projects in the area of education in rural schools. The first mission was on 6 October 2006, in schools from Santiago del Estero. The project at that time was called Linux Solidario.
That event led Luis Falcón to focus on Social Medicine and Public Health, and work with health professionals and governments to improve the lives of the underprivileged. In October 2009, the organization was officially registered in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, where currently holds its headquarters.
In 2010, GNU Solidario celebrated the first edition of the International Workshop on eHealth in Emerging Economies - IWEEE -. Since then, IWEEE has been a meeting point for multilateral and humanitarian organizations such as Red Cross, World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, War Child, United Nations University or Caritas Internationalis, as well as for universities around the world. GNU Solidario has engaged on digital health projects in Cameroon, Gabon, Gambia, Laos, Jamaica, India, Pakistan, Mexico, Argentina, Tanzania and Brazil.
To Quality assure the ten evidence-based recommendations on the digital health interventions that were prioritized during the scoping process of the WHO guidelines on digital health 2019 (1) in LMICs, GNU Solidario are in the process of evaluating the effectiveness, feasibility for health worker for clients/individuals, acceptability for health workers for clients/individuals, resource use and gender, equity and human rights issues of the GNU free Software digital offerings in the GNU digital services implemented in oCameroon, Gabon, Gambia, Laos, Jamaica, India, Pakistan, Mexico, Argentina, Tanzania and Brazil to see how they fit the the ten recommended domains of the WHO.
These ten areas are:
- Birth notification
- Death notification
- Availability of commodities: stock notification and commodity
- Client-to-provider telemedicine (including personal health records)
- Provider-to-provider telemedicine
- Targeted client communication
- Health worker decision support
- digital tracking of clients’ health status and services
- digital tracking combined with decision support and targeted client communication
- Digital provision of training and educational content for health workers Recommended
The findings, if completed, will be published.
1. WHO guideline recommendations on digital interventions for health system strengthening WHO guideline: recommendations on digital interventions for health system strengthening
2. 13 Ensuring that published guidelines are current and accurate | Developing NICE guidelines: t he manual | Guidance | NICE
HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data
Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT gmail.com