Ending millions of preventable deaths through more equitable, effective health systems in communities around the world

Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3) calls on the world to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Community-led health interventions have proven vital to achieving the vision of SDG 3, and major advances in digital technology and data science are catalyzing the efficiency and effectiveness of these interventions. Yet digital health innovation often overlooks the most vulnerable populations—those that often require interventions with the greatest urgency, like women and children. What’s more, many health programs and information systems are still highly fragmented and under-resourced, creating blind spots and inefficiencies that make it difficult to bring life-saving tools to scale. Community health workers collect vast amounts of data—but that information is not being used to its full potential to save the lives of the most vulnerable.

The Rockefeller Foundation aims to bend the curve on maternal mortality, saving the lives of 6 million at risk women and children—the foundations of a healthy community. The Foundation sees a future where diverse datasets are seamlessly connected, analyzed, and shared—creating strong, nimble health systems that are better able to support the needs of all communities. Armed with real-time data insights, front line health workers can provide precise interventions to the people who need them most—ensuring that the poor and most vulnerable are not left behind, while simultaneously creating a virtuous cycle of data aggregation, analysis, and sharing that can save millions of lives.

That’s why The Rockefeller Foundation is making new investments in digital health equity—leveraging more and better data to connect every level of a country’s health system, helping community health workers, doctors, and public health officials work together to deliver quality, equitable care to those who need it most. By connecting community health workers to their primary health systems, health care workers at all levels will be better equipped to provide the right care at the right time.

Achieving this vision will require us to work closely with others on a shared path. By building global partnerships, we will bring together diverse partners in the broader effort to empower communities through the intentional, equitable application of data science to accelerate progress toward SDG 3.

The Rockefeller Foundation has a long history in health—from eradicating hookworm in the American South, to launching the field of public health, to seeding the development of the life-saving yellow fever vaccine. We continue to support innovative strategies that incentivize individuals, communities, governments, and funders to extend the benefits of good health and well-being to all, including the most vulnerable. We believe that by using data science to create actionable insights for communities, we can continue that legacy, and catalyze equitable and quality health for all.

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