Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah, Ashanti regional director of health services, and Christina Wadhwani, project management lead at the Novartis Foundation, tell Devex about telemedicine and the importance of both top-down and bottom-up approaches to making partnerships work.

When we think of digital health, we generally think of new gadgets, smart apps and breakthrough innovations. But perhaps using readily available technology is the most efficient approach.

In Ghana, where 90 percent of the population has a mobile phone, and where poor transport networks and limited access to health care means high mortality rates for easily treatable diseases, telemedicine projects are being developed to deliver impact at scale. Through this system, community health workers can be given advice via mobile phone teleconsultations with senior nurses and doctors at a central hospital.

With another 1 billion people expected to have a mobile phone access by 2020, could telemedicine be a game changer for health delivery?

Devex traveled to Ghana to visit some rural areas where telemedicine projects are being implemented, and discovered how it is being brought to scale across the country. In this video we talk with Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah, Ashanti regional director of health services, and Christina Wadhwani, project management lead at the Novartis Foundation, about making partnerships work — and the importance of both top-down and bottom-up approaches.

Wired for Impact is an online conversation with Novartis Foundation and Devex to explore how to integrate digital health into global development in a way that is scalable and sustainable, and improves the overall quality of health care delivery to build essential connections between patients, health facilities, health providers and policymakers. Tag #Wired4Impact and @Devex to join the conversation.

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Naomi Mihara

Naomi Mihara is a video journalist for Devex, based in Barcelona. She has a background in journalism and international development, having previously worked as an assistant correspondent for Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper and as a communications officer for the International Organization for Migration in Southeast Asia. She holds a master's degree in multimedia journalism from Bournemouth University.


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Helen Morgan

Helen Morgan is an editorial associate at Devex. She has a background in human rights, radio and journalism, and has written for a variety of international publications while living and working in Buenos Aires, New York and Shanghai. She is now based in Barcelona and supports editorial content on campaigns and media partnerships at Devex. She is currently studying a master's degree in contemporary migration.


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Richard oversees editorial content for campaigns and media partnerships at Devex. Previously an associate editor, he covered the full spectrum of development aid in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, supervising a team of correspondents and writers, penning articles and conducting high-level video interviews at events across the EMEA region. Currently based in Barcelona, Richard brings to bear 12 years of experience as an editor in institutional communications, public affairs and international development. His development experience includes stints in the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Ecuador.


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