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Local Data, Local Decisions
Investing in local decision-making: COVID-19 and the case for subnational data
The Dutch Global Health Alliance will host its first webinar on Thursday 2 July 2020 about the importance of collecting and using subnational health data for decision-making in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
Action-oriented and set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar aims to raise awareness among Dutch global health and development actors about the role they can play in supporting LMIC to better utilise subnational data.
Date 2 July 2020 Time 15:00 – 16:30 CET Format Webinar Registration Registration is now closed
This session is designed for global health professionals from the private and public sector, including NGOs, knowledge institutes, and Dutch ministries concerned with global health and development.
Many Dutch development organisations and knowledge institutes are working with LMIC to promote the use of subnational data as a means of encouraging locally-tailored decision-making in public health. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the value of doing this is clearer than ever: when lockdowns are imposed across an entire country without nuance to reflect local variations in the epidemic, people and economies suffer more than necessary.
In this webinar – led by Alliance members Cordaid, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, and KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation – country partners will share their experiences with and perceptions of subnational data for health planning, including lessons learned from previous public health emergencies like the tuberculosis epidemic.
Abdullah Latif of Pakistan’s National Tuberculosis Control Program Monitoring & Evaluation team. He will speak about the importance of subnational estimates of tuberculosis (TB) burden for program planning. Abdullah will also address the experience and lessons learned from KIT’s TB Hackathon and how the estimates will be used going forward. Patrick Migambi of Rwanda’s National Tuberculosis Program. He will discuss the process of reconciling many data sources to generate a coherent National Strategic Plan and Global Fund Concept Note which reflects the People Centered Framework. Patrick will also describe Rwanda NTP’s experience in agreeing on a rational selection and fair burden of indicators for Global Fund reporting. Marco Gerritsen, the first secretary for Health at the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Ethiopia. He will speak about the importance of reliable data at the local and subnational level from the Ethiopian perspective, in general and specifically during the COVID-19 crisis. The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health has an ambitious Information Revolution agenda, to which various programs supported by the Embassy in Addis Ababa contribute. To put things into a broader perspective, Marco may also draw on his previous working experience in the health sectors of Ghana, Zambia and Mozambique.
Following the guest presentations, participants will be invited to discuss how and at which levels (international non-governmental bodies such as WHO, national ministries of health, multilateral funders) lobbying efforts for subnational analysis should be directed.
This will be the first in a series of webinars hosted by the Dutch Global Health Alliance, including additional sessions dedicated to data in global health. The Alliance hopes that this will ultimately lead to the establishment of new, locally-driven and internationally-supported partnerships.
About the Dutch Global Health Alliance
The Dutch Global Health Alliance is a partnership of
Cordaid, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Wemos, and Amref Flying Doctors.
It is dedicated to raising awareness about the need for more concerted global health action and to working towards concrete policy options for the Dutch government that contribute to stronger health systems worldwide.