Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka will lead the Commonwealth Center for Digital Health, which is scheduled to be launched today in London on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018.
The launch will be a part of a special side event to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 on 'Global Health Security & the Digital Health Society 2030 - Innovation & Investment for One Planetary Health & Universal Health Coverage'.
President Maithripala Sirisena will be a special guest at the occasion.
The Center was proposed by Prof. Vajira Dissanayake of the University of Colombo in 2016 and incorporated into a Commonwealth Policy Brief on Digital Systems for One health approved by the Commonwealth Health Ministers in Geneva in May 2017.
Prof. Dissanayake will give leadership, as the Chairman, to the Center. He held the position of the President of the Commonwealth Medical Association since 2016, and he has been leading a Commonwealth Wide Digital Health Initiative since he took office in October 2016. The initiative is expected to gather momentum with the establishment of the Center.
Issuing a special message on the occasion, Director General, of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated Universal Health Coverage is WHO's top priority. "Our aim is a world in which all people receive the high-quality health services they need without suffering financial hardship."