The Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Global Fund, the World Bank's Global Financing Facility, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has announced the launch of a global health initiative aimed at preventing six million deaths in ten countries by 2030.
With the goal of reducing preventable maternal and child deaths, the $100 million Precision Public Health initiative will provide community health systems and frontline health workers in developing countries with the latest data science technologies and innovations. Among other things, the initiative will build on efforts to use data science to more effectively deploy life-saving health tools, including the development of real-time risk maps that direct frontline health workers to areas of greatest need and the analysis of non-health data such as climate patterns or social media trends that can help predict and better address health emergencies weeks in advance.
The initiative will launch in India and Uganda and be expanded to eight additional countries by 2030. In its initial phase, the foundation and UNICEF will focus on reducing maternal and child mortality by integrating and analyzing disparate data that allows for a decentralized decision-making process and near-real-time monitoring across primary and community health systems. And through UNICEF's regional offices in eastern and southern Africa, best practices and key learnings will be shared with additional countries to accelerate progress.
"Data is a powerful tool that can help us make life-saving decisions and prevent epidemics before they happen," said UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. "Timely, reliable, and disaggregated data, underpinned by a commitment to universal health coverage, can ensure that vulnerable women, children, and young people get the care they need at the right place and the right time."
"We have an unprecedented opportunity to leverage advances in data science and technology that have enriched the lives of society's most privileged and transform health for those left behind around the world," said Rockefeller Foundation president Rajiv J. Shah. "Working together, we can close the health inequity gap by driving innovation and investment to save millions of lives."