According to UNICEF, Africa’s children will reach 1 billion by 2055, becoming the largest pediatric population among all continents. This will require an additional
4.2 million health workers above the current growth to meet WHO minimum standards of care. The provision of surgical care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is specifically under considerable strain due to several limiting factors such as access to health resources, lack of medically trained personnel and poor compliance with antenatal care. What ensues is an unfortunately high mortality rate compared to high-income countries (HICs). Over half of the world’s 5.4 million under-five deaths in 2017 occurred in Africa. A recent global health study has shown unacceptable disparities in survival for common pediatric surgical conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa compared to HICs. Urgent action is needed to meet SDG 3.2 to end preventable deaths in under-fives by 2030.
To be effective, public health actions can no longer be carried out in isolation. There is a growing need to create synergies between actors, to share information, health data and research results.
The Geneva Health Forum, like other platforms, aims to bring together the various actors working in global health and wish to facilitate initiatives. However, it is sometimes difficult to find one's way through the ever-growing number of information and stakeholder networks. The development of artificial intelligence algorithms makes it possible to create increasingly important systems for recommending information or people.
The goal of a recommender system is to generate meaningful recommendations to a collection of users for items, products or persons that might interest them. Here, we aim to design and develop recommender systems adapted to the needs and the requirements of public health actors to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange around public health thematic.
Switzerland holds a unique position of being home to numerous public and private sector healthcare organizations, academic institutions conducting critical research as well as commercial healthcare and biotech entities which are active in the women’s health space. Taken together, these organizations are engaged in a range of activities related to women’s health needs and advocating for addressing gender biases and inequalities in health, supporting access to SRH services/commodities, defending SRH and rights of individuals, and are active in a broad range of issues relevant to women’s health within the broader global health context. Despite these common interests, many of these actors do not always engage with one another outside of their immediate networks or beyond specific/direct organization to organization partnerships and lack a common platform to come together to exchange and collaborate on shared issues and actions.
The objective of the Swiss Women’s Health Alliance is to offer regular opportunities and a forum for exchange for Swiss organizations, companies and individuals working in women’s health to come together and facilitate collaboration and joint activities. We aim to establish a community committed to addressing key and emerging global health concerns and other gender-related challenges that impact women’s overall health and well-being, with an initial priority on SRH issues and other issues that are directly or indirectly impacted by a lack of universal access to SRH commodities, services, and rights.