The Lancet: Sub-Saharan Africa-the new breeding ground for global digital health

The Lancet: Sub-Saharan Africa-the new breeding ground for global digital health

This paper shows the breadth of digital health solutions and interventions in sub-Saharan Africa and the opportunities that lie within the African context, accelerated by the large proportion of young people who are eager users of smartphones. To make digital health flourish within sub-Saharan Africa, enabling environments need to be created that are firmly anchored within the local context, driven by African needs, endorsed by decision makers such as national governments and supported by global key players such as the United Nations and WHO. Individual barriers such as low digital literacy skills and the shortage of connectivity are important to address when boosting the digital health activity in the region.

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