US Dollar$ 5 million Investment will do Accelerating priority projects of of WHO Center for Epidemiology and Pandemic Intelligence to the Encourage international cooperation Genomic monitoring, Adoption of data tools b Identify the pathogen, and Evaluation Climate-exacerbated epidemic risk
Geneva | May 23, 2023 – The Rockefeller Foundation and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new partnership to strengthen WHO Center for Epidemiology and Pandemic Intelligence. As part of the collaboration, the foundation is investing $5 million in partners working with the World Health Organization to identify pathogens and strengthen pandemic prevention capabilities, including surveillance for diseases exacerbated by rising temperatures and extreme weather.
In the year Established in 2021, WHO Epidemics and Epidemics Intelligence facilitates international collaboration of multidisciplinary partners to better access information, better analytical capabilities and better tools and insights for decision-making on future epidemics and pandemic risks. The partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation will accelerate these efforts through catalytic funding and technical assistance.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has emphasized the cooperation between the stakehThe elderly, and data sharing, were absolutely necessary ingredients for health security – and the global community was not ready. Dr. Chikwe Ikhkwazu, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization and Head of the World Health Organization Epidemics and Outbreaks Information Center. “With the growing threat of climate change, we are pleased to partner with the Rockefeller Foundation to launch a new international collaboration in pandemic intelligence.”
The Rockefeller Foundation supports projects coordinated by the WHO Hub for Epidemics and Epidemic Intelligence:
- Increasing global capacity for genomic surveillance On the newly launched side International pathogen surveillance network.
- Develop a digital platform In collaboration with data.orgReal-time communication and collaboration among public health analysts and researchers around the world to expand evidence-based field-tested epidemiologic tools.
- Developing user-centered product strategies Solutions for current WHO outbreak data to better support global health agencies.
- Improving the detection of epidemics Through Global.Health Data Science Initiative, in partnership with Oxford University and Boston Children’s Hospital, among others.
“Climate change is the threat of another global pandemic and the need for cooperation and information sharing is increasing,” he said Dr. Rajiv Shah, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. “Fortunately, the WHO Epidemic Center makes us smarter and safer by monitoring threats, finding solutions and connecting countries and continents. We are proud to partner with the Hub to expand its focus on preventing climate change-induced epidemics.
The announcement builds on the Rockefeller Foundation. 75 years of history Collaboration with WHO – $27 million in grants over the past two decades – and a legacy of support for global pandemic preparedness and response. In October 2020, the foundation announced 1B US dollars Investment To promote a more inclusive green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. In January 2022, the Rockefeller Foundation was admitted as a non-governmental actor in its official relationship with the WHO.
The Rockefeller Foundation launched its collaboration with the WHO Hub for Epidemiology and Epidemic Intelligence on 23 May 2023 alongside the 76.Th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
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