The COVID-19 pandemic has evidently shown: Global health systems are necessary and depend on a joint global commitment. The distribution of vaccines is still central to the containment of various infectious diseases. By delivering vaccines, medicines and tests to national ports and airports, the recipient countries assume responsibility for distribution. This task poses a major challenge: Many of our partner countries do not have effective digital solutions in their healthcare systems that could support the prevention and control of pandemics.
Against this background, the policy initiative Digital Innovation in Pandemic Control (DIPC) strengthens digital health systems in partner countries and at global level. The aim is to use a people-centred digital transformation to counteract global health crises. The global project is being implemented in collaboration with international partners such as Digital Square, Unicef, Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), World Food Programme, Robert Koch Institute and the Regenstrief Institute as well as the governments of our partner countries.
Our goal within the framework of DIPC are digital innovations to solve country-specific and global challenges in health systems with a focus on pandemic response, especially effective and transparent vaccine distribution.
We are committed to post-colonial, intersectional and inclusive feminist development. We therefore support our partner countries in increasing gender and health equality in their specific areas of work. Our measures include support for women in the technology sector and digital health leadership as well as inclusive, easily accessible training focussing on key content to support equitable digital systems.