09 August 2019
Women’s Health and Education Center
Empowering Women and Communities through Education, Health and Technology
The Women’s Health and Education Center (WHEC), grounded in the vision of equality as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and as beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, peace and security. UN Document E/CN.9/2019/NGO/3
There are three leading purposes of the health-related uses of information and communication technologies (ICT) in low- and middle-income countries: to extend geographic access to health care; to improve data management; and to facilitate communication between patients and physicians outside the physician’s office. Experience has shown that data used workshops have strengthened the health management information systems by improving the quality of public health data and evidence of improved disease surveillance capacity despite resource constraints owing to an innovative sentinel system based on a short message service. The factors promoting or inhibiting the implementation of e-Health systems shows a growing research emphasis on “workability”, or the work that health professionals must undertake to make e-Health systems function well in practice.
Please visit the UN Document E/CN.9/2018/NGO/2, Published by Commission on Population and Development.
The Women’s Health and Education Center (WHEC) commits $200,000, between January 2016 to December 2020, towards further developing an e-Health educational program (WomensHealthSection.com) in maternal and child health in close collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, including partner countries. This e-Health platform is open for various forms of collaboration. It is available in 6 official languages of UN and it is already serving 14 million subscribers in 227 countries and territories. This is in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).
We have had data collection and analysis systems implemented right from the start of this initiative in 2002, which has supported the planning and evolution of this e-Health Platform. With stronger collaboration with the Reproductive Health Research Division of World Health Organization – we will continue to plan and develop better implementing assessments and develop better understanding of their impact. We send an Annual Project Report to all our partners and post it online too. Every 4 years, this Report is submitted to ECOSOC. Our latest Annual Project Report can be found here.
The Women’s Health and Education Center (WHEC) aims to improve women’s health through education and advocacy, particularly in developing countries. WomensHealthSection.com, launched in cooperation with the UN, provides information on everyday issues associated with women’s health. This e-learning initiative is active in 220 countries, linked to 30,800 courses in the developing world, and receives 25,000-30,000 visitors per day. As a web-enabled platform, it allows for multiple forms of collaboration worldwide. WHEC will cover the costs of the research and development of our e-learning initiative. Continuing medical education services will be provided free to the countries identified by the UNDP as Least Developed Countries. WHEC remains committed to providing health education and advocacy regarding improving neonatal health outcomes. We will also provide evidence-based medical information to in-country partners and health care providers in Africa and Latin America, to reach 3 million people with reproductive health information, especially family planning, by 2015. WHEC will continue its commitment to create health-promoting schools, recognizing that adolescents find themselves under strong peer pressure to engage in high risk behavior. The spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescents is growing phenomenon, while the traditional problem of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continues to increase. WHEC will continue to emphasize: self-esteem; family planning; the importance of postponing the first pregnancy; and the ability to withstand peer pressure.