About the Project
eSAC is a project jointly developed by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the University of Toronto and the Pan American Health Organization to contribute to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of marginalized population groups in the LAC region, through the application of Public eHealth solutions.
Public eHealth is an inclusive term that encompasses all of the possible applications of ICTs to public health, from the traditional ones, such as management information systems, databases, and data sharing networks, which are usually classified under the term public health informatics, to more recent and innovative applications supported by Web 2.0 solutions. ICTs can support solutions related to all different aspects of public health, including: epidemiological surveillance; health promotion and disease prevention; environmental health; social epidemiology; behavioural health; occupational health; disaster preparedness and relief; quality assurance; the support of intersectoral partnerships for health; human resources training and management; and research and development activities.
Carefully selected and highly trained young professionals will spearhead the development of a regional community of interest focusing on Public eHealth. This community will represent at the same time both fertile soil for the seeds of innovation to germinate and a responsive environment ready to receive and use successfully developed solutions.
eSAC will include a second major set of activities organized around an open competition that will provide resources and incentives to innovators in the region to promote the conceptualization, design, field testing and optimization of innovative Public eHealth solutions.
The general objective of this initiative is to stimulate, to support, to nurture, to facilitate and to promote innovation, intended as the translation of knowledge into social value, in the field of Public eHealth.
- To select, train, and support a small network of young professionals who would become pioneers for change in the field of Public eHealth in the region.
- To support the development of a regional community of interest focusing on Public eHealth and comprising of innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, policy makers, the media and the general public;
- To foster the conceptualization, design, field testing, optimization and dissemination of highly innovative, effective, and low-cost Public e-Health solutions in the region;
- To support the use, at the appropriate level, of successfully developed Public e-Health solutions.