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Health Promot Perspect. 2024;14(1): 3-8.
doi: 10.34172/hpp.42822
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Digital health and health equity: How digital health can address healthcare disparities and improve access to quality care in Africa

Ibraheem Olasunkanmi Qoseem 1 ORCID logo, Olalekan John Okesanya 2* ORCID logo, Noah Olabode Olaleke 3, Bonaventure Michael Ukoaka 4, Blessing Olawunmi Amisu 5, Jerico Bautista Ogaya 6, Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III 7

1 Department of Medical Laboratory Science, General Hospital, Ilesha, Osun State, Nigeria
2 Department of Public Health and Maritime Transport, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
3 Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
4 Department of Internal Medicine, Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria
5 Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Uniosun Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State
6 Department of Medical Technology, Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines
7 Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
*Corresponding Author: Olalekan John Okesanya, Email: okesanyaolalekanjohn@gmail.com

Abstract

The healthcare industry is constantly evolving to bridge the inequality gap and provide precision care to its diverse population. One of these approaches is the integration of digital health tools into healthcare delivery. Significant milestones such as reduced maternal mortality, rising and rapidly proliferating health tech start-ups, and the use of drones and smart devices for remote health service delivery, among others, have been reported. However, limited access to family planning, migration of health professionals, climate change, gender inequity, increased urbanization, and poor integration of private health firms into healthcare delivery rubrics continue to impair the attainment of universal health coverage and health equity. Health policy development for an integrated health system without stigma, addressing inequalities of all forms, should be implemented. Telehealth promotion, increased access to infrastructure, international collaborations, and investment in health interventions should be continuously advocated to upscale the current health landscape and achieve health equity.
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Submitted: 16 Jan 2024
Accepted: 19 Feb 2024
ePublished: 14 Mar 2024
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