Striving for Better Health
Telehealth and SDGs
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)
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.
COMSATS TeleHealth Programes activies and events news.
1. Online Medical Camp Organized to mark the COMSATS’ Silver Jubilee
9-10 December 2019
2. COMSATS Telehealth (CTH) Participates in Workshop on Digital Health Strategy Organized by WHO
3. Federal Minister for S&T Inaugurates COMSATS Tele-Health Clinic in Pind Sawika, District Jhelum
August 26, 2019
4. COMSATS-PAAIS Virtual Sessions Raise Awareness Among Health Professionals on Asthma and Allergy
January 17, 2019