Together with GIZ actors from the field of digitalization and health, GIZ has launched the project DIPC – Digital Innovation in Pandemic Control.
Initially, DPPA – Digital Pandemic Preparedness Assessments will be conducted in five countries to capture digital tools in pandemic control. The DPPAs are a structure developed by GIZ to consistently capture digital tools in use for pandemic control and vaccination management in a country or region.
Building on this, a COVID-19 digital-health Accelerator is being set up in partnership with the WFP Innovation Accelerator and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support scaling & implementation of diverse initiatives. The content of this accelerator is fed by the findings of the DPPA and upstream expert workshops with representatives of global donor organizations in the health sector. These “Challenges” thus represent the most urgent global and local needs in terms of how digital tools can be profitably used in this context.
In addition, GIZ, together with international partner and donor organizations in the health sector, is in the establishment phase of a COVID-19 coordination and advisory unit (Digital Health Centre of Excellence – DICE) under the leadership of UNICEF and WHO. This will provide LMIC countries with advisory services in the context of pandemic response and immunization management, coordinate the relevant response of donor organizations, and provide a platform to mediate between technical advisors, software providers, and donors.