The power of telehealth: How can it improve access to care?


One of the biggest ‘service shifts’ in the healthcare sector since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the widespread adoption of telehealth. As well as being a viable option to provide continuity of care and treatment to patients during the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth has transformed how health systems can respond to chronic workforce shortages and optimize their clinical capacities.

Last, 16th March, the International Hospital Federation (IHF) and the Africa Healthcare Federation (AHF) hosted a special webinar that shared learnings and knowledge about telehealth. The webinar discussed how telehealth addressed disparities of access to care and medical expertise.


Chaired by Sharon Allen, Executive Director of the World Telehealth Initiative (WTI), this webinar featured a mix of live presentations and panel discussions. The participants learned that the work of clinicians and WTI coordinators are to provide sustainable medical expertise and capacity building amongst communities to deliver core health services.

Hosts / Speakers

World Telehealth Initiative (WTI)

Sharon Allen

Co-founder and Executive Director

Ronald Lavater

Chief Executive Officer

Ronald leads the IHF Secretariat, managing the team and its performance, with responsibility for all day-to-day activities, and executive reporting.

Africa Healthcare Federation

Dr Amit N. Thakker


Amit is the President of Africa Healthcare Federation, the immediate past-Chairman of Kenya Healthcare Federation and has served as a Director at LumiraDx, Seven Seas...


Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh

Dr Iftikher Mahmood

Founder and President

Dr. Iftikher Mahmood was born and raised in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. He obtained his medical from Chittagong Medical College, University of Chittagong, in 1987. After...


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Dr. Gebreyohanns earned his B.S. degree in Biology at Georgia State University and his medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is...


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Dr Nosa Akpede

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Nosa Akpede is a Public Health Physician by training.  She is a member of Urban Health 360 Communities and Observatories, USA. Presently, She is a...

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