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 are getting 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 is integral to COVID-19 digital response by government Ministries of Health in low- and middle income countries. We developed several lists of potential eHealth and mHealth applications to support this effort:

We have additional resources planned 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 wrapped up with ideas on the way forward.

More COVID Digital Response Resources

As epidemic control moves into the COVAX stage, we are exploring how Digital Yellow Card Certificates can track who has COVID-19 immunity and when inclusive digital design will ensure digital privacy and security as we build out edutech, agritech, and digital health solutions for COVID-19 Digital Response. Read on for more informatics responses to this enduring pandemic.

10 Tips for Better Remote Data Collection with Mobile Phone Surveys

10 Tips for Better Remote Data Collection with Mobile Phone Surveys

Published on: Mar 25 2021 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on 10 Tips for Better Remote Data Collection with Mobile Phone Surveys
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Successful Low-Tech Educational Solutions in COVID-19 Digital Response

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Published on: Mar 24 2021 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
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USAID Guide: How to Evaluate Distance Learning in COVID-19 Response

USAID Guide: How to Evaluate Distance Learning in COVID-19 Response

Published on: Feb 24 2021 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on USAID Guide: How to Evaluate Distance Learning in COVID-19 Response
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Published on: Jan 28 2021 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
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Published on: Jan 18 2021 by Wayan Vota - 24 Comments
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Published on: Jan 15 2021 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
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Published on: Dec 28 2020 by Wayan Vota - 21 Comments
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Published on: Dec 21 2020 by Wayan Vota - 10 Comments
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5 Lessons Learned Managing COVID-19 Grant Applications in South Africa

5 Lessons Learned Managing COVID-19 Grant Applications in South Africa

Published on: Dec 17 2020 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 5 Lessons Learned Managing COVID-19 Grant Applications in South Africa
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New UNESCO Report: How to Deploy EduTech in Post-COVID‐19 Schools

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Published on: Dec 16 2020 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
The COVID-19 digital response has shown the huge potential of educational technologies to support better and more extensive education and learning. However, it...