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Taking a fact and evidence-based approach, Rosling makes the case for optimism in what seems like an increasingly chaotic world.There is also cause for optimism in the realm of global health, and for a simple reason.In terms of global health, the SDGs aim to eliminate preventable child deaths and major epidemics, and to achieve universal health coverage.Though highly ambitious, the SDGs are eminently achievable.We need only seize the opportunities offered by the internet, mobile devices and other digital technologies, which are already expanding health care access and improving quality of care in hard-to-reach communities.Digital technologies are also revolutionizing health education.Across the digital landscape, however, it is broadband that will deliver some of the most significant improvements of all.In 2012, so many conflicting digital health projects were in play that the government was forced to declare a temporary moratorium on all of them.The Broadband Commission Working Group on Digital Health, which is co-chaired by the Novartis Foundation, is focusing on how technology can improve care for NCDs. Such collaboration is already happening in places like the Philippines, where a National eHealth Steering Committee oversees a suite of digital-health initiatives, thus creating an ideal environment for digital innovation.
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