No one is protected unless everyone is protected. Investing in health is investing in the economy. And above all, health is a human right. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we perceive an even stronger need to keep investing in global health.
To translate our knowledge and experience into lobby and advocacy messages, and to convey those messages to the Dutch government and policymakers, a group of civil society organisations established the Dutch Global Health Alliance.
Members of the Dutch Global Health Alliance
The members of the Dutch Global Health Alliance (Amref Flying Doctors, Cordaid, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, and Wemos) are 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 will contribute to stronger health systems worldwide.
As part of its diverse set of activities, the alliance has launched a series of webinars.
Local Data, Local decision
The first webinar by the alliance took place on July 2, 2020, and taught about how data works and should work in global health.
Many Dutch development organisations and knowledge institutes are working with low and middle-income countries 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 three alliance members Cordaid, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, and KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation – country partners from Ethiopia, Pakistan and Rwanda shared their experiences with and perceptions of subnational data for health planning, including lessons learned from previous public health emergencies like the tuberculosis epidemic.
Watch the full webinar:
The Alliance hopes that this will ultimately lead to the establishment of new, locally-driven and internationally-supported partnerships.
We are together, not only for discussions but also for action. We will follow up on the last webinar and start a new conversation for new action.
Please keep an eye on our social media channels and website to learn more about the activities of the Dutch Global Health Alliance.