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ITU/WHO Focus Group on AI for Health

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Fondation Botnar is proud to support the ITU/WHO Focus Group on artificial intelligence for health (FG-AI4H) to establish a standardized assessment framework for the evaluation of AI-based methods for health, diagnosis, triage or treatment decisions.


World Health Organization (WHO), International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

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Fondation Botnar is proud to support the WHO/ITU Focus Group on “AI for Health” (FG-AI4H), which will host its next workshop in New Delhi, India, from 12 to 15 November 2019.

The FG-AI4H is composed of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning specialists, healthcare practitioners and researchers, regulators, ethicists, and social scientists. They will develop an online platform through which AI solutions for health can be tested in a standardized manner to ensure that they are safe for patient use. To achieve this objective, the FG-AI4H have established topic groups representing various areas of health that we believe could benefit from AI solutions. These include outbreak detection, dermatology, histopathology, among others.

To learn more about the topic groups and FG-AI4H activities, please visit their website and read their recent comment in The Lancet.

Fondation Botnar sees the importance of the FG-AI4H and its discussions as critical to integrating the views of diverse local and global stakeholders through a platform approach that can inform the future standardization and benchmarking of AI-enabled solutions for health. For such discussions to be truly meaningful, they need to be inclusive, bringing in perspectives and experiences from low- and middle-income countries, including from healthcare providers, regulators, consumers, researchers, start-ups, data scientists, private sector, among others.

Therefore, at the upcoming workshop, which will be hosted by the National Institute of Communication Finance of India, the Department of Telecommunications of India, the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Indian Department of Health Research, and the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with the support of the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Fondation Botnar is calling for broad participation; involvement can include attending, joining a topic group or submitting a proposal for a new topic group, or giving a presentation of your area of expertise. For questions, please contact

Register your participation before 28 October

To attend the workshop, please follow the instructions for registration provided on the FG-AI4H website. Submit your details by 28 October 2019. Additional logistics for the workshop,
including venue location, can be found here.

Upcoming workshops

Further FG-AI4H workshops are planned for:

  • Brasilia, Brazil (January 2020)

Read more about the recent workshop which took place in Zanzibar back in September 2019:

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