PAN Asian Collaboration for Evidence-based e-Health Adoption and Application (PANACeA)

The research problem addressed in this project is significant in Asia, especially since the developing countries represent almost half of the world's population. Many of these countries face population growth of more than 2% per annum, with increasing problems due to urbanization and high proportion of young population. Some of these countries are going through a period of epidemiological transition of diseases.

Chronic diseases are surpassing infectious diseases in urban areas, but malnutrition, communicable and maternity related causes of mortality are still prevalent in rural and remote areas. Some of the key reasons behind this transition are:

  • lack of public access to health promotion messages;
  • poor access to specialized healthcare services; and
  • low quality of care due to lack of availability of current information, patient records and management information systems to healthcare providers.

Several different programs have been launched in Asian countries to address these issues, and have yielded moderate to low levels of success.

E-Health, with its primary focus on increasing access to services and information, can be used to address these problems. The biggest challenge at this time is the lack of scientific evidence to convince the decision-makers at the institutional and government levels about the benefits of e-health in the local context, and to prove the appropriateness of one technology over others to address the same problem.

PANACeA is an initiative to generate evidence in the field of e-health within the Asian context, by forming a network of researchers and research projects from developing Asian countries. The research projects supported by PANACeA address the following four research questions:

  • Which e-health applications and practices have had the most beneficial outcomes on the health of individuals, communities and the improvement of health systems?
  • What are the best ways for ensuring that beneficial outcomes can reach the segment of the population that still doesn't have adequate access to health services?
  • What is the potential of using new pervasive technologies such as mobile phones / PDAs as tools to make the delivery of health services or information more effective?
  • What types of technologies / applications are best suited to help prepare for, or mitigate the effects of, disasters, pandemics and emerging and re-emerging diseases?

Each project was driven by a specific health need and the e-health solution addresses one or more of the following domains: prevention/surveillance, administration, clinical, education, research.

Projet nᵒ


État du projet


Date de début

Vendredi, septembre 7, 2007

Date butoir

Dimanche, juillet 1, 2012


36 mois

Agent(e) responsable du CRDI

Sinha, Chaitali

Financement total

CAD$ 2,758,665


Asie du sud, Asie centrale, Extrême-Orient


Maternal and Child Health

Chargé(e) de projet

Dr. Richard Scott


Governors of The University of Calgary

Pays d' institution


Site internet

Chargé(e) de projet

Dr. Shariq Khoja


Aga Khan University

Pays d' institution


Site internet