Digital Health Disparities Initiative 

disrupt. decolonize. democratize. 

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Guiding Principles

How we work


DHDI's work revolves around three principles: Disruption, Decolonization and Democratization. 

Disrupting Industry Narratives.

DHDI is working with civil society organizations to expand the narrative of digital health as the domain of commercial & health industry actors alone to community digital ownership.

Operational Pathways to Advance Decolonial Global Health Transitions.  

We work collaboratively with community-based organizations to support hyper-local digital health data governance-- with an aim to build community power & influence to shape community health priorities.

Democratizing Health Evidence Across Education & Literacy Levels. DHDI prioritizes distilling, not diluting the latest health evidence for lower income communities. This includes linking individual-focused health behavior strategies with social & environmental determinants of health. 

DHDI is actively cultivating new strategies to advance decolonized global health & gender partnerships-- on and offline.

We do this work as a lean, virtual network of staff & volunteers. This enables us to pursue alternative strategies to traditional partnership models between local and global entities operating in humanitarian & development settings. 

With increased transparency and accountability, we are co-building momentum towards decolonial global health & gender strategies that move from theoretical to operational and from community engagement to locally owned. 

We love connecting with community-based organizations working in health, nutrition, gender or education spaces! Reach out to the DHDI team to chat or receive information on DHDI's digital health & gender tools. 



Get Involved

We are a small team with big ideas and we need your help! 

Support our current project under development!

>Read more about our current work & help us build innovative digital tools responding to intimate partner violence alongside refugee & displaced women. Donate via our campaign at Givebutter



We love small appreciations!

>Buy the team a cup of coffee on our Ko-fi page



Contribute your skills! Work on projects radically repositioning digital health into community hands. 

> Volunteer with us!

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DHDI Founder, Sonia Navani, DrPH, MPH has spent the last 20 years working on gender, health & human rights issues.


She has worked with communities affected by armed conflict and forced migration in over 15 countries throughout Africa, Asia & the Middle East with donor, UN, INGO, and local entities. Since 2012, Dr. Navani's work has focused on digital public health strategies in resource-constrained settings. 



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