Telehealth and SDGs

SDG3

WHO recognizes the “potential of digital technologies to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular to support health systems in all countries in health promotion and disease prevention, and by improving the accessibility, quality and affordability of health services”. (WHA71.7 Agenda item 12.4 26 May 2018)

COMSATS TeleHealth 

In order to bring healthcare closer to the people and communities through the adoption and application of ICTs, COMSATS Telehealth program (CTH) was launched in 2001. CTH is a torchbearer of the support of using digital means to address the shortage of doctors and providing better access to healthcare to the remote and rural regions within Pakistan.
Telehealth is a facility-based health-care service. The Resource Centre, currently housed in COMSATS (CIS) Islamabad is linked through the internet to a number of Telehealth Clinics (THCs) that are set up at distant locations in various areas of Pakistan. The video link through the internet enables the local community to present their problems directly to the doctor, get examined, diagnosed and treated by doctors present in the Resource Centre.

 

Pioneer of Telehealth in Pakistan

Showcased at WSIS 2005

Consultations carried out so far

ICIMOD's Honorary Award

Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS)

The idea of establishing a high-level Commission on Science and Technology for countries of the South was conceived by Pakistani Nobel Laureate, Prof. Dr. Abdus Salam, in recognition of the increasingly widening gap of scientific knowledge and economic development between the North and the South. It was realized that sustainable socio-economic development in the South cannot be achieved without building and sustaining indigenous capacities in science and technology and that the strengthening of South-South and North-South collaboration, and exchange of technical know-how, is imperative for the generation and sustenance of such capacities. Professor Salam’s enthusiasm and personal contacts motivated a number of Heads of State/Government of developing nations to join hands for the establishment of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS).

In 1994, on the invitation from the Prime Minister of Pakistan, representatives from several developing countries met on 4th and 5th October in Islamabad and agreed to establish the Commission as a high-level forum, represented by Heads of State/Government, aiming at sustainable socio-economic uplift of the developing countries through appropriate applications of science and technology.

Recent News

COMSATS TeleHealth Programes activies and events news.

1. COMSATS Telehealth (CTH) Participates in Workshop on Digital Health Strategy Organized by WHO

September 26, 2019

2. Federal Minister for S&T Inaugurates COMSATS Tele-Health Clinic in Pind Sawika, District Jhelum

August 26, 2019

3. COMSATS-PAAIS Virtual Sessions Raise Awareness Among Health Professionals on Asthma and Allergy

January 17, 2019

4. COMSATS receives honorable mention at ICIMOD’s ICT for Mountain Development Award 2018

December 11, 2018

5. COMSATS and Pakistan Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society Collaboration

 November 1, 2018

Partners

IDRC

International Development Research Centre ( IDRC), Canada

eHAP

eHealth Association of Pakistan

HDF

Human Development Fund (HDF)

JBHT

Jabir Bin Hayyan Trust (JBHT), Islamabad

Contact Us

COMSATS Secretariat, Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2 Islamabad - Pakistan

+92 346 5057567

fiaz@comsats.org