World Health Organization Collaboration

The Institute for Triple Helix Innovation and the World Health Organization are collaborating on several initiatives to explore innovative uses of information and communication technology (ICT) for improving global eHealth, advancing economies and enriching quality of life.

The Institute collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the following initiatives:

  1. Co-organization of the 2nd Annual Summit of Triple Helix Innovation in February 2-4, 2008;
  2. The development of eHealth tools, platforms, standards and norms related to networks, trilateral partnerships CoP, knowledge tools social networks and the use of ICT in promoting global health;
  3. The development of strategies, tools and methodologies to promote efforts of the Global Observatory and the Institute. Develop rural Networks of eHealth Excellence including the development of new structures and systems for collaboration; new knowledge flows; technology transfer models; and, virtual community skill set development.


The WHO agenda

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. WHO operates in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing landscape. The boundaries of public health action have become blurred, extending into other sectors that influence health opportunities and outcomes. WHO responds to these challenges using a six-point agenda. The six points address two health objectives, two strategic needs, and two operational approaches.

  1. Promoting development

    During the past decade, health has achieved unprecedented prominence as a key driver of socioeconomic progress. More resources than ever are being invested in health and healthcare solutions. Yet poverty remains a strong contributor to poor health, and poor health anchors large populations in poverty. Health development is directed by the ethical principle of equity: Access to life-saving or health-promoting interventions should not be denied for unfair reasons, including those with economic or social roots. Commitment to this principle WHO activities are aimed at health development that give priority to health outcomes in poor, disadvantaged or vulnerable groups. Attainment of the health-related Millennium Development Goals of preventing and treating chronic diseases and addressing the neglected tropical diseases are the cornerstones of the health and development agenda.

  2. Fostering health security

    Shared vulnerability to health security threats demands collective action. One of the greatest threats to international health security arises from outbreaks of emerging and epidemic-prone diseases. Such outbreaks are occurring in increasing numbers, fuelled by such factors as rapid urbanization, environmental mismanagement, the way food is produced and traded, and the way antibiotics are used and misused. The world's ability to defend itself collectively against outbreaks has been strengthened since June 2007, when the revised International Health Regulations came into force.

  3. Strengthening health systems

    For health improvement to operate as a poverty-reduction strategy, health services must reach poor and underserved populations. Health systems in many parts of the world are unable to do so, making the strengthening of health systems a high priority for WHO. Areas being addressed include the provision of adequate numbers of appropriately trained staff, sufficient financing, suitable systems for collecting vital statistics, and access to appropriate technology including essential drugs.

  4. Harnessing research, information and evidence

    Evidence provides the foundation for setting priorities, defining strategies, and measuring results. WHO generates authoritative health information, in consultation with leading experts, to set norms and standards, articulate evidence-based policy options and monitor the evolving global heath situation.

  5. Enhancing partnerships

    WHO carries out its work with the support and collaboration of many partners, including UN agencies and other international organizations, donors, civil society and the private sector. WHO uses the strategic power of evidence to encourage partners implementing programs within countries to align their activities with best technical guidelines and practices, as well as with the priorities established by nation states.

  6. Improving performance

    WHO participates in ongoing reforms aimed at improving its efficiency and effectiveness, both at the international level and within countries. WHO aims to ensure that its strongest asset - its staff - works in an environment that is motivating and rewarding. WHO plans its budget and activities through results-based management, with clear expected results to measure performance at country, regional and international levels.