Collaboration: the greatest tool to fight a global pandemic

Amidst a rapid pivot to address the impact of COVID-19, strong partnerships have been the most vital tool in our toolbox.

Many approaches to managing the risks of COVID-19 have focused on three things: information, resources and outreach. But here’s one thing that can make these initiatives go further: collaboration.

Sharing information that people can trust and access

A lot of initiatives designed to respond to COVID-19 have focused on access to information. Having reliable, trustworthy and timely information can save lives. However, one main challenge we observed is that with so much information, how do you establish trust and credibility quickly. In Timor-Leste, we did this by partnering with the Ministry of Health and strengthening their official communication channels using World Health Organisation endorsed public health messages.

Want the latest health information in Timor-Leste? WhatsApp “Hello” to +670 7556 0000 or use this shortcut to connect in Tetun or English.

Strengthening health provider readiness and knowledge

While in-person training can be really effective, sometimes, it’s not possible or safe. For health professionals, though, it has been vital to make sure people are aware of how to manage COVID-19 safely and effectively.

A design workshop for the ASTEROID program, which includes a mobile learning platform health workers can use to train themselves in COVID-19 response.

Managing economic impacts

Mohinga is an open data platform to track aid spending in Myanmar. During the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations have been reporting their activities to support the response effort. We’re also tracking more and more projects via the Myanmar Project Bank portal to help identify major investments made by the Myanmar Government, donors and the private sector, and to better understand their social, environmental, and economic impact.

Mohinga is an open data platform to track aid spending in Myanmar. During the COVID-19 pandemic, partners have been reporting their activities to support the response effort.

Supporting frontline health workers

While we started testing various prints on our printers a few years back, we never anticipated how useful they could be during a public health crisis.

3D printing can have incredible effects at scale in public health. Collaboration made printing PPE face shields for frontline staff significantly more effective.

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