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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)

Further Information

Fondation Botnar is proud to support the WHO/ITU Focus Group on “AI for Health” (FG-AI4H), which will host its next workshop in Zanzibar, Tanzania, from 2 – 5 September 2019.

The FG-AI4H is composed of artifical 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 Universal Communication Service Access Fund of Tanzania, Fondation Botnar is calling for broad particiation; 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.

Register your participation before 19 August

To attend the workshop, please follow the instructions for registration provided on the FG-AI4H website. Submit your details by 19 August 2019. Additional logistics for the workshop, including venue location, can be found here. For questions, please contact

Upcoming workshops

Further FG-AI4H workshops are planned for:

  • New Delhi, India (11 – 15 November 2019)
  • Brasilia, Brazil (January 2020)

Check the FG-AI4H website for updates and further details.

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