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Title: Knowledge management in the WHO African Region strategic directions report of the Regional Director
Authors: Regional Committee for Africa, 56
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: WHO. Regional Office for Africa
Place of publication: Brazzaville
Language: English
Abstract: Efficient Knowledge Management is now considered a key factor in organizational performance and competitiveness. New Knowledge Management approaches, including those using information and communication technology, can improve efficiency through better time management, quality service, innovation and cost reduction. 2. The WHO Knowledge Management Strategy, the WHO Regional Office for Africa strategic orientations for 2005–2009, strategies of the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, and the World Summit on the Information Society stress efficient information and knowledge management as an important contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally-agreed development goals, including those related to health. 3. The weak Knowledge Management culture and limited information and communication technology (ICT) skills and infrastructure represent serious impediments to knowledge access, sharing and application. The new Knowledge Management approaches and the current ICT revolution represent, for the WHO African Region, a historic opportunity to foster a culture of Knowledge Management and overcome the digital divide in order to strengthen health systems, improve health outcomes and provide equity in health.
Description: Regional Committee for Africa Fifty-sixth Session Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28 August–1 September 2006, Provisional agenda item 8.10
Subject: Knowledge Management
Information Management
Regional Health Planning
World Health Organization
Gov't Doc #: AFR-RC56-16
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