As 2016 draws to a close, we are proud to look back on a purposeful and successful year for the Novartis Foundation. We want to express our sincere gratitude to all our partners for the collective action this past year!
In digital health, we are chairing the Broadband Commission Working Group on Digital Health. This group is developing recommendations on the need for digital technology to be institutionalized in national health systems. Only when digital health addresses national health priorities can it truly be an enabler to accelerate the achievement of SDG3. We also convened over 100 global experts, private corporations and governments at our Digital Health Dialogue in Ghana.
On November 29, we co-hosted a third NCD Dialogue with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, focusing on the importance of placing patients and their families at the center of healthcare delivery for chronic diseases. More on the outcomes of this meeting will be available in the coming weeks, but for those who can’t wait, you can watch the webcast here. In February, we are holding another dialogue event, this time on an emerging focus area of the Novartis Foundation: urban health. We will bring together urban planners, urban health professionals, mayors and other policymakers in Cape Town to discuss multidisciplinary approaches to address the enormous challenges to creating and improving urban health in Africa.
Looking ahead to 2017, I believe we are well on the road to finding solutions that will continue to improve the availability and access to quality health services in low- and middle-income countries for years to come. Moving beyond improving access, training or capacity building, we are now exploring truly comprehensive, systemic and multidisciplinary ways to strengthen health systems and improve health. Let’s continue down this path together.