COVID-19 and previous pandemics have shown and forced us to experience the health, social and economic impacts that health emergencies wreak on the world.
Making Sure That A Pandemic Like COVID-19 Never Happens Again.
We need to take action to improve our response to the current pandemic and especially ensure that we are better prepared for next time. Together, we can better identify, respond to and recover from future health emergencies.
The Trinity Challenge is one part of the world’s commitment to making sure that a pandemic like COVID-19 never happens again. We are action-oriented, and all efforts are directed towards generating new insights and solutions to protect people worldwide from health emergencies. We are committed to support the Sustainable Development Goals agenda, the WHO’s target of 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies, and to strengthen vulnerable health systems.
The Potential Rewards Of Better, More Collaborative Thinking Are Huge.
What if, in future, the investments and infrastructure were in place to identify an emerging or re-emerging infectious disease threat before it became an outbreak or epidemic? What if humanity learnt to analyse rapidly which targeted, coordinated interventions would be most effective in response to an infectious disease, and how to intervene at the lowest social and economic cost? What if researchers came to understand how to initiate a social and economic recovery in a way that did not exacerbate inequalities?
For example, imagine we had a sewage surveillance system that monitors potentially harmful pathogens before a large-scale outbreak happens. Or if we had real-time imaging reports that could track deviations from usual traffic patterns around health care facilities?
Currently, there are insufficient systems in place to give the right people the right access to the right data at the right time: We are ineffective in combining insights gained across data sources and sectors to support the identification of, response to, and recovery from health emergencies.
Among the first efforts of The Trinity Challenge to address this deficiency was a call to action for better usage of data: Please find the article for download here.
What If We Would Have Started Taking These Actions Five Years Ago?
We don’t know. But we want to make sure that we don’t have to ask ourselves this question again next time by ensuring better preparedness today.