COVIDaction is launching the Vaccine Data Co-Lab, with the ambition to invest in the essential data systems needed to support vaccine prioritisation and rollout.
As the name suggests, the Vaccine Data Co-Lab is a collaboration with governments, civil society organisations, and network partners to close data gaps in vaccine rollouts in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The initiative is led by the FCDO’s COVIDaction programme and is working in collaboration with the COVAX GIS working group. As a first activity, the Vaccine Data Co-Lab is launching an Open Call for technical proposals. …
When it comes to making decisions on how to respond to COVID-19, who gets the final say and what do they base their decisions on? What are the parameters for choosing a task force to respond to the pandemic? These questions are ones that Jean-Benoit Falisse and his team at the University of Edinburgh are working on as the situation evolves.
In emergency situations, decisions are made fast and not necessarily with transparency. From closing businesses, enforcing social distancing rules, or implementing track and trace programmes to contain spread, the fight against COVID-19 means governments sometimes use emergency powers so…
In May 2020, FCDO COVIDaction made a global call for data innovations centred on four impact areas: Data Use, Data Sources & Collection Tools, Responsible Data, and Epi Modelling. In total, we made 12 awards to organisations that are working to reduce transmission, inform response, and/or prioritise delivery of services in the fight against COVID-19, with a specific focus on assisting LMICs in their response efforts.
The Data Challenge aimed to identify mature innovations able to scale quickly. The working hypothesis was that global actors with an established user base were particularly well-positioned to pivot and contribute to the response…
Earlier this year we were thrilled to award support to Bio Nano Consulting in association with the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis (MRC GIDA) at Imperial College London to develop their COVID-19 Scenario Analysis Tool further.
Link to access the newly updated scenario analysis tool: Covidsim Site
What’s Rt you ask and why is this important?
It’s the reproductive number for the spread of a virus or disease — which also might not be so clear. In simple terms, it’s a way of rating a coronavirus or anything else that might be worried about catching. It’s the number…
We have more good news from the Data challenge. Under the theme of data tools and sources, we have two more awardees that COVIDaction will be supporting via financial and technical assistance.
A whopping 202 applicants responded to our open call and these were reviewed twice by a team of 24 experts who we are enormously grateful to for their time and diligence. A top 25 was shortlisted and further reviewed which brought us to the two we have today.
A quick search online will show you that there’s a lot of data collection tools and sources that have been…
We are excited to announce the latest round of awardees via the COVIDaction Data Challenge, under the theme of Data Analytics and Use. OpenFN, BAO Systems and Fraym are the top three we will be working with so that they can push forward in their work.
How did we get here? 94 responses to the call were reviewed twice by a team of 13 experts — to whom we are ever grateful. The top 25 were then shortlisted and we brought the final 3 forward to support with finance and technical assistance.
We split this theme into two categories —…
Dr Sema Sgaier is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Surgo Foundation, the first organisation to be funded through the COVIDaction Data Challenge. What drives her to pursue her work and bring data to the forefront of the response to the pandemic?
You may remember that the first applicant funded through the COVIDaction Data Challenge was the Surgo Foundation. The award given combines technical assistance and money to promote the use of data to support a more effective and targeted response to COVID-19. You can read more about the details of the funding here.
The COVIDaction Data Challenge isn’t just investing in data tools, we’re investing in a healthy data ecosystem. This means surfacing solutions that ensure data is being used responsibly. Accordingly, and as part of the Responsible Data theme, four organisations will be receiving awards that have developed tools focused on responsible data needs and COVID-19. These organisations bring unique perspectives and approaches to addressing the complex and context-specific needs in the fight against COVID-19.
The applicants that will receive awards under the Data Challenge are:
The COVIDaction Data Challenge has made two awards to organisations building or assisting in the uptake and use of epidemiological models, which remain one of the best tools for understanding the spread and impact of COVID-19.
Of the many high-quality epidemiological models submitted to the Data Challenge, two stood out for their unique approach to leveraging data and evidence that will benefit lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The applicants that will receive awards under the Data Challenge are:
We are excited to share that the first COVIDaction donor to join the Circle of Funders is USAID’s Data for Implementation (Data.FI) programme, a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
In July, DFID launched COVIDaction’s Circle of Funders in order to extend the initiative’s impact and ability to inform responses to COVID-19. The Circle of Funders allows organisations to partner with COVIDaction and directly benefit applicants by providing matchmaking and funding opportunities for those who submitted to the challenge. …