The Rockefeller Foundation has announced three grants totaling $2 million in support of efforts to leverage data and boost COVID-19 response efforts in Africa and Asia.
The grants will support efforts to enhance data collection through contact tracing, symptom checking, and testing. Recipients include Dalberg, which will work to strengthen the Incident Management System capacity of emergency operations centers in Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and Mauritania; Dimagi and Medic Mobile, which will equip community health workers with digital tools designed to support a data-driven response in as many as fifty countries; and Odyssey Energy Solutions, which will design and develop a data platform to facilitate the fast and sustainable deployment of more than $200 million in donor capital so as to provide distributed renewable energy technology to at least two thousand healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.
"When I was leading the U.S. response to the 2014 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, using transparent, location-specific, real-time data was a game-changing innovation," said Rockefeller Foundation president Rajiv J. Shah, who previously served as USAID administrator. "Employing a data-driven response to outbreaks is critical to target prevention and response efforts much more precisely and return to normal more quickly."
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