To harness data science and analytics against the COVID19 pandemic toward promoting health security and resilience in the Philippines.
A responsive and resilient Philippine health system against global health emergencies.
Catalyzing data-driven actions, Transforming public health security and resilience - nationwide.
The COVID19 pandemic poses a threat with a magnitude and complexity beyond what the Philippines, or any country, has experienced. National governments are overwhelmed. Local Government Units (LGUs) are oftentimes left for themselves to act. One major challenge is empowering our decision-makers to respond quickly, effectively, and efficiently based on the best available evidence and within the confines of limited resources - all in the background of competing priorities to implement actions on the ground and save lives right away.
Existing local epidemiological models have projected initial deaths in hundreds or even tens of thousands throughout the country. Through our solutions, we hope to move not only the public health sector but also various stakeholders from the government, academe, NGOs, and the private sector through cutting-edge data science-informed policy recommendations to curb the COVID19 pandemic. Special focus shall be given to the local government units (LGUs) as they are considered to be the “government front liners” in a devolved setting. In such situations when the national government is overwhelmed, these LGUs could receive less national support and this is where our consortium would like to add value. By helping the LGUs, we could potentially prevent thousands, or even millions, of deaths.
Data science is a nascent but rapidly emerging field in the country. In this age where data is being produced in faster velocity, bigger volume and deeper variety, the largely untapped potential of data science can be harnessed to come up with evidence-based actions to mitigate the public health impact of this disaster. Our consortium adds the following value directed to national and local decision-makers:
By providing dashboards and the accompanying technical and policy briefs, we aim to provide actionable insights to our decision-makers, especially those in the LGUs, and other stakeholders to come together and implement evidence-informed actions.
By focusing not only on assisting in the on-going pandemic response but also on future preparedness, we aim to produce relevant research and innovations to strengthen our public health security capacity and overall health resilience to better respond to global health emergencies.
Through the lead of the Philippine Society of Public Health Physicians (PSPHP), we are a consortium professionals from the academe, the civil society, and the private sector coming together in the wake of the evolving COVID19 pandemic. Capitalizing on our diverse but synergistic disciplines, we aim to harness the intersection of public health and data science to catalyze data-driven solutions toward transforming public health security and resilience, nationwide.