Transformation Labs – Implementing digital health innovations with and for young people at scale

Argentina, Bangladesh

In many countries there is a growing belief that digital transformation of the health sector has the potential to substantially increase access to effective and affordable health services. At the same time, there is concern about potentially harmful outcomes. Strategies for the management of digital health transformation in low- and middle-income countries need to take the complex context within which it is taking place into account. This includes a digital health innovation ecosystem with small technology start-ups and large national and international companies, a mixed health system with a wide variety of public and private providers and complex accountability mechanisms that include government regulatory arrangements and a variety of civil society organisations.

We will organise transformation labs in two countries that focus on the implications of digital health transformation for young people as potential users, as innovators and suppliers of services and as active citizens. T-Labs (‘transformation laboratories’) are highly facilitated, multi-stakeholder spaces of interaction and dialogue aimed at co-creating new visions, understandings, practices and interventions for transforming problematic systems. T-Labs bring together diverse groups of people to work together to understand, sometimes in new ways, complex systems and the problems they generate, and to identify, co-design, and test novel ways of addressing the underlying causes of those problems, often by experimenting with new configurations of actors, institutions and practices.

In both countries, the government health system has been unable to meet all the needs of young people, who are no longer covered by MCH services. Young people in all three have access to phones and the internet and are potential users of digital health services.



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