Equality in Global Health
The COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent global isolation measures laid bare the need for a more modern, resilient, and fair global health system (WHO, 2022).
Between 2021 and 2022, an unprecedented number of vaccine doses (11.9 billion) were administered worldwide, allowing many countries to turn the tide of the pandemic. However, in Africa, more than 80% of the population had not yet received a single dose 18 months after the first person was vaccinated (WHO, 2021).
International cooperation, spearheaded by the ACT Accelerator and the COVAX Facility, demonstrated the need for extensive preparation and new ways of working to protect public health to better mitigate future crises (UN, 2022).
Collective investment to ensure that all regions of the world have sufficient vaccine production infrastructure, trained personnel, and institutional and regulatory arrangements are a valuable asset for global health security.
For this reason, the traditional dynamics of health economies have changed. Digital solutions, data-driven models and consumer needs are now at the center of new healthcare ecosystems, also offering new opportunities for entrepreneurs. Sharing technology and supporting innovation is not just a matter of equity, it is also the best way to stop pandemics.
Here you will find some of the recent projects, publications and activities from our network on the importance and impact of policies that promote increased access to public health.