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Friend or Foe? The Role of Technology in Achieving SDG3

April 8, 2022 9am ET / 6am PT / 1pm GMT / 4pm EAT

“You cannot fight a fire blindfolded” – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization.

The last two years we have come to a critical realization: health systems cannot effectively respond to a public health crisis at the local, national, or global level without accurate and timely data to guide resource mobilization and allocation. As we inch closer to 2030 and continue progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, the stakes for achieving SDG 3 of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being are even higher.

In this panel discussion at Skoll World Forum’s Ecosystem Day, global health experts and innovators will consider one proposed approach to enabling access to that data: a new generation of open and interoperable technology infrastructure. This Epiverse approach would allow health systems everywhere, including in LMIC settings, to gather and use data to optimize the delivery of supplies and better predict the direction and scale of a potential virus spread. Speakers will assess risks and opportunities these solutions present, and spur the audience to consider what might be possible with shared, global infrastructure.

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Sean Blaschke

Global Coordinator

Digital Health Center of Excellence

Sean Blaschke is the Global Coordinator for the Digital Health Center of Excellence. Sean has spent over fifteen years working on the convergence of technology and development in West, Central and Eastern Africa, advising government and development partners on health systems strengthening, health information systems, and national digital health programs. 

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Anna Carnegie is currently the Community Manager for the Epiverse initiative at LSHTM and MRC Unit The Gambia, which aims to fundamentally change how analytics are used in the global infectious disease response, moving towards scalable, community-driven software.

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Skye Gilbert Yoden

Doctoral Candidate, Health Policy

Harvard University

Skye Gilbert Yoden is the Executive Director for Digital Square at PATH. Prior to joining PATH, Skye worked on health and information systems from a variety of different lenses, first as an academic researcher living in Senegal and China, then as a consultant to the private sector at the Boston Consulting Group, and finally as a Program and Strategy Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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