COVIDaction is a partnership led by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)’s Frontier Technology Hub along with other collaborators including AfriLabs to build a technology and innovation pipeline to support activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, the consortium scans the globe for promising ideas, evaluates and makes sense of what is found, then supports the best ideas with grant funding and venture support, and share what is learned along the way. COVIDaction identified four key thematic areas to work across that have emerged through consultation with investors, entrepreneurs, and networks across Africa and South Asia. They are: Building a technology and innovation pipeline for the COVID-19 pandemic COVIDaction Local Production & Local Solutions (LPLS): crowdsourcing and mapping innovative responses to dealing with the demand for unavailable goods and personal protective equipment. Data: sources, collection tools, and analysis to inform the response and pandemic decision-making. Resilient Health Systems (RHS): technologies that extend the reach, coordination, and/or continuity of medical support between hospitals, clinics, communities, and households.
We at AfriLabs played major roles in the Local Production Local Solution thematic area. We leveraged our community members as local scouts for informal COVID-19 innovation productions in different African countries and also helped in the judging process of the applications.
Learn more about COVIDaction at https://medium.com/covidaction/
2020: A Resilient Africa: An annual report of AfriLabs impact
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