Policy Brief in ICT Applications in the Knowledge Economy, No. 7: Improving Health Care in Rural Areas: Information and Communications Technology Solutions for Least Developed Countries

Achieving the health-related MDGs requires strengthening health systems, particularly in the following areas of (a) Expanding the primary health-care workforce and enriching the skill levels; (b) Upgrading and broadening medical infrastructure and logistics; (c) Providing affordable access to drugs and medical supplies; (d) Improving health decision-making and early warning by enhancing data collection and analysis of disease trends. This brief summarizes cost-effective information and communication technology (ICT) applications to support improvements in these areas in least developed, landlocked and small island countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division
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