Plans for establishment of the Commonwealth Institute for Digital Health – Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland met with the Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs, in London last week. The many ways that the Commonwealth and Sri Lanka can work together were discussed. The Secretary-General said “it is more economical to work together, to share best practices and pool knowledge”. If one of our members spends a dollar, I don’t want any other country to have to spend the same dollar. Collaboration in our Commonwealth family is cheaper and more productive,”

A key discussion point on the agenda was the establishment of the Commonwealth Institute for Digital Health in the country’s capital of Colombo. This initiative will move forward the commitments of Colombo Declaration, launched in October last year, to improve health across the Commonwealth.

Further details will be announced in coming weeks with a formal launch of the Institute at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting on the 21st of May.