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WHO Launches Revolutionary AI Health Companion S.A.R.A.H. Ahead of World Health Day

S.A.R.A.H. (Smart AI Resource Assistant for Health) is an innovative digital health promoter prototype launched by the WHO, leveraging generative AI to provide empathetic, personalized health support across multiple languages and devices.

Saurabh Shukla
WHO launches Revolutionary AI Health Companion S.A.R.A.H. Ahead of World Health Day (Photo Source: WHO)
WHO launches Revolutionary AI Health Companion S.A.R.A.H. Ahead of World Health Day (Photo Source: WHO)

Ahead of World Health Day on 7 April, themed 'My Health, My Right,' the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an innovative digital health promoter named S.A.R.A.H. (Smart AI Resource Assistant for Health). This groundbreaking prototype harnesses the power of generative artificial intelligence (AI) to provide users with enhanced empathetic responses, marking a significant advancement in the field of health information dissemination.

S.A.R.A.H., also known as Sarah represents a significant evolution in AI-powered health information avatars, leveraging state-of-the-art technology and language models. Available in 8 languages and accessible on any device, this digital health promoter is poised to engage users around the clock on numerous of health topics.

With a mission to empower individuals in optimizing their health and well-being, S.A.R.A.H. offers comprehensive information on a wide range of health domains, including healthy habits, mental health, and disease prevention. Equipped with the latest insights from the World Health Organization and trusted partners, S.A.R.A.H. serves as a reliable resource for users seeking guidance on mitigating risk factors associated with prevalent health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.

Since its inception, S.A.R.A.H. has been at the forefront of combating misinformation surrounding COVID-19. Through its cutting-edge technology and vast knowledge base, S.A.R.A.H. ensures the dissemination of accurate, up-to-date information on public health crises and beyond. Moreover, it strives to enhance health literacy by providing users with actionable insights on adopting healthier lifestyles and making informed decisions regarding their well-being.

“The future of health is digital, and supporting countries to harness the power of digital technologies for health is a priority for WHO,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “S.A.R.A.H. gives us a glimpse of how artificial intelligence could be used in the future to improve access to health information in a more interactive way. I call on the research community to help us continue to explore how this technology could narrow inequities and help people access up-to-date, reliable health information.”

While celebrating the potential of AI in boosting public health efforts, WHO underscores the importance of ethical considerations in its implementation. Addressing concerns related to equitable access, privacy, safety, accuracy, data protection, and bias is paramount to ensuring that AI serves the interests of all individuals, regardless of background or circumstance.

Building upon the success of its predecessor, Florence, S.A.R.A.H. stands as a demonstration to WHO's enduring dedication to leveraging digital tools for public health advocacy. From disseminating critical COVID-19 messages to promoting healthy behaviors, S.A.R.A.H. represents WHO's efforts to amplify health information through innovative digital channels.

With its empathetic responses and unwavering commitment to ethical principles, S.A.R.A.H. indicates a new era of inclusive health promotion, where technology intersects with compassion to empower communities worldwide.

(Source: WHO)

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