Practical Insights on COVID-19 Digital Response

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USAID and CDC are mobilizing the international development community to respond to the coronavirus threat in developing countries. Hospitals, clinics, and front line health workers in all healthcare facilities will need grant funding investments from donors including Gates Foundation and DFID to mount a successful COVID-19 Digital Response and contain the global infectious disease epidemic.

COVID-19 Response Digital Health Solutions

Digital health technology will be integral to COVID-19 digital response by government Ministries of Health in low- and middle income countries. We developed three lists of potential eHealth and mHealth applications:

We have additional resources planned for publication to guide global health implementing partners and humanitarian response organizations as they develop rapid response interventions to reduce COVID-19 impact on LMICs.

COVID-19 Digital Response Workshop

We convened a special COVID-19 Response Workshop with over 300 donor, government, and health workers who are exploring how digital development practitioners can support LIMC governments, their healthcare systems, and frontline health workers.

Our interactive workshop started with an update on COVID-19 and coronavirus infections, including the latest information on how its spreading and what’s effective in reducing its impact. We heard from government health experts in LMICs on what national health systems are doing to prepare and mitigate COVID-19 impact. We also revisited lessons learned from the West African Ebola response.

Next we broke into small working groups to explore the challenges in responding to coronavirus, and identify use cases where digital development solutions like these can be utilized in COVID digital response. Finally, we heard from solution providers on key disease response innovations, and wraped up with ideas on the way forward.

More COVID Digital Response Resources

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Paying for Digital Engagement Now

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Paying for Digital Engagement Now

Published on: May 14 2020 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Paying for Digital Engagement Now
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How COVID-19 is Testing Digital Resilience in Senegal’s Education Sector

How COVID-19 is Testing Digital Resilience in Senegal’s Education Sector

Published on: May 13 2020 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
I’ve been working to innovate education in Senegal for over ten years as the founder of CyberSmart Africa. These days, I see that COVID-19 offers a real-time...
Download Now: Official WHO COVID-19 Learning Resources Application

Download Now: Official WHO COVID-19 Learning Resources Application

Published on: May 12 2020 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Get first access to World Health Organization‘s new COVID-19 mobile learning app targeted specifically to health workers. Download it now on: Apple App Store Google...
Jordan’s High-Stakes Educational Testing Challenges During COVID-19

Jordan’s High-Stakes Educational Testing Challenges During COVID-19

Published on: May 07 2020 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Jordan’s High-Stakes Educational Testing Challenges During COVID-19
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Cambodia’s 115 Hotline: Successful COVID-19 Digital Response

Cambodia’s 115 Hotline: Successful COVID-19 Digital Response

Published on: May 06 2020 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Cambodia’s 115 Hotline: Successful COVID-19 Digital Response
 In 2015, the Cambodia Ministry of Health rolled out its national 115 health hotline  with the objective to detect outbreak signals from the community via public...
4 Ways HIV Programs Can Go Online to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact

4 Ways HIV Programs Can Go Online to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact

Published on: Apr 29 2020 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 4 Ways HIV Programs Can Go Online to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact
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Apply Now: £500,000 DFID Grant Funding for COVID-19 Digital Response

Apply Now: £500,000 DFID Grant Funding for COVID-19 Digital Response

Published on: Apr 28 2020 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
Governments and civil society in low- and middle-income countries often lack the digital infrastructure to capture, share, and use data in the timescales and distance...
Don’t Miss These Exciting Sessions! Register Now for GDDF 2020

Don’t Miss These Exciting Sessions! Register Now for GDDF 2020

Published on: Apr 27 2020 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Please RSVP Now for the Global Digital Development Forum on May 6th, 2020. Already over 2,500 of your peers have registered for this virtual ICT4D conference co-organized...
4 Ways to Use National Data in African COVID-19 Digital Response

4 Ways to Use National Data in African COVID-19 Digital Response

Published on: Apr 23 2020 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
At Cooper/Smith, we are working with Malawi’s Ministry of Health to help them prepare for and fight COVID-19. Here is what we did – other countries might...
New Report: How Korea Used ICT to Flatten the COVID-19 Curve

New Report: How Korea Used ICT to Flatten the COVID-19 Curve

Published on: Apr 22 2020 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
The world is facing an unprecedented economic, social and political crisis with the spread of COVID-19. The Republic of Korea is no exception. Korea had a surge...