Fondation Botnar is proud to support a joint The Lancet and Financial Times Commission, Governing health futures 2030: Growing up in a digital world, examining global health in the digital age. The Commission will explore the opportunity to achieve universal health coverage through the convergence of digital health, artificial intelligence, and other frontier technologies, with a particular focus on the health of children and young people.
The Lancet, Financial Times, Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, World Health Summit, Wilton Park. Funded together with: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the Wellcome Trust.
Digital, data, and new technologies are changing current approaches to health and the design of health systems, but governance models have not followed the pace of innovation. Prevailing concerns about data ownership and privacy limit the potential innovative technologies have to offer in supporting progress towards achieving universal health coverage by 2030.
Fondation Botnar believes that, to truly harness these technologies and take advantage of innovation, urgent work needs to be undertaken to guarantee responsible development and deployment. We recognise the critical role of clear governance models to ensure dignified and fair technologies, believing this can only be achieved through meaningful collaboration and coordination across all sectors.
We want to ensure digital technologies aid rather than hinder health equity, accelerating access to health promotion and democratising care and coverage. Therefore, together with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and the Wellcome Trust, we are proud to be co-funding the establishment of a new The Lancet and Financial Times joint Commission: Governing health futures 2030: Growing up in a digital world.
The Commission will focus on how digital technologies can particularly benefit the health of children and young people. Today, we have the largest generation of young people in history, but their priorities and needs are not reflected in both global and local policies. More than three billion people are under the age of 30, and 1.8 billion of these people are between the ages of 10 and 24. As digital natives, young people are the drivers of social, economic, and political change. They also are among the first to demand and gain a clear set of rights in relation to rapid technological development for their health and well-being.
Speaking of the Commission, Stefan Germann, CEO of Fondation Botnar said: “While there is a significant opportunity to leverage digital technologies and AI for global health, nothing can be guaranteed unless we create much needed governance models. Respecting an individual’s privacy is paramount to these efforts.”
“Focusing on young people and providing them the opportunity to engage in these discussions will support them in having a clear stake in their futures, bettering their health outcomes. Fondation Botnar is proud to support the establishment of this Commission, and looks forward to the critical work examining these pressing issues over the coming two years to impact health equity until 2030 and beyond.”
Given its crosscutting nature, the Commission is supported by independent Commissioners with expertise across medicine, social sciences, e-health, big data analytics, mental health, policy, economics, research, among others. The Commission is co-chaired by Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Chair of the International Advisory Board at the Global Health Centre of The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and Dr. Anurag Agrawal, Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in New Delhi, India.
Between October 2019 and December 2021, the Commission will come together for four in-person meetings in order to develop the finalised report. Between these meetings, Commissioners will divide into selected working groups to conduct inclusive dialogues with key stakeholders, including youth organisations. The Financial Times will support by hosting parallel convenings with the private sector.