Africa & COVID-19 Webinar Series: The Role of Digital Health & Telemedicine


Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am


Virtual Event - Details Below

September 23 - The Role of Digital Health & Telemedicine.

An April 2020 Lancet report declared Sub-Saharan Africa “the new breeding ground for global digital health,” citing possibilities for technology to connect patients and providers, detect counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and detect and predict the spread of disease through AI. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for healthcare providers to offer digital services to patients under lockdown orders and observing physical distancing measures. Likewise, technology is critical to contact tracing, modeled on efforts taken in response to Ebola and Lassa fever and lauded as one of the essential steps in reopening economies prior to the deployment of a widely available vaccine. Contact tracing apps that rely on wi-fi connections or cell phone data to determine an individual’s whereabouts have raised privacy concerns, as has the proliferation of telemedicine. The panel will explore the Lancet report’s findings, discuss contact tracing as a response strategy and privacy concern, and interrogate the challenges and opportunities of digital health and telemedicine.  


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This webinar will be livestreamed on Facebook:


  • Tania Holt, Partner at McKinsey & Company & Harvard Center for African Studies Leadership Council Member
  • Jacques Kpodonu,MD,FACC Surgery Faculty Member, Harvard Medical School
  • Eugene Richardson, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Moderated by Rebecca Weintraub, Faculty Director, Global Health Delivery Project & Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School


The Harvard University Center for African Studies in partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is hosting a series of webinars on the topic of COVID-19 and Africa. Held each Wednesday for one hour from 10am EST, CAS’ Africa and COVID-19 Webinar Series will bring together the private sector, policy makers, academics, and practitioners for a series of conversations across health, technology, and economy, among others. Please check  our COVID-19 Resources page for upcoming webinars and recordings of previous webinars. Join our weekly newsletter to receive updated information.


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10:00AM EDT 
3:00PM WAT
4:00PM CAT 
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ORGANIZERS: Harvard Center for African Studies & Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention