Zambia’s First Lady, Dr Christine Kaseba Sata, has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) as an eHealth Ambassador for the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH).

The Global eHealth Ambassadors Programme (GeHAP) is an initiative of the ISfTeH that was established by Prof Yunkap Kwankam when he was head of eHealth at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva.

The eHealth Ambassadors are globally recognised personalities who serve as high-level advocates for eHealth, articulating consistent, ethical and evidence-based policy and advocacy positions with regard to the use of ICT in health. They are also responsible for promoting the development of integrated eHealth systems and advocating a higher profile for eHealth in health development activities, aid and development programmes.

Dr Kaseba-Sata was chosen as an eHealth Ambassador due to her impressive healthcare history. She is one of the most recognised Zambian specialists in obstetrics and gynaecology and has practiced as a physician at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka for more than 25 years, and lectured for the past 15 years at the University of Zambia School of Medicine. Dr Kaseba-Sata was also previously the WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Gender-based Violence.

The GeHAP is currently led by South Africa’s Noble Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

On explaining the eHealth initiative, Archbishop Tutu said: “What we need is a paradigm shift from information and communications technologies for health to a greater emphasis on information and communications technologies for development, which benefit health but also have an effect on education, agriculture, commerce, governance and other social determinants of health. What the poor and the vulnerable people need is not only good lives but good health as well.”

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