Hosted by HDC partners and logistically supported by the HDC secretariat, this meeting provides an opportunity to raise political commitment and advocacy for data and digital efforts linking COVID-19 responses with SDG GAP data efforts.
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Partnerships are key to success: The Health Data Collaborative (HDC) is a collaborative platform that leverages and aligns partner technical and financial resources to strengthen country data systems for equitable service delivery and adapt global goods to local contexts;
Build on the COVID-19 response to accelerate sustainable support to drive SDGs: strong data systems are needed to control COVID-19; lessons learned and aligning partner support for country data and digital plans are crucial to accelerate action for the health-related SDGs;
Strong Health Information Systems are needed to produce data for action: Collection, storage, analysis, validation and use of health data is often fragmented and piecemeal. This increases reporting burdens – especially for frontline health workers. Aligning efforts for Government M&E data plans increases efficiency, reduces reporting burdens and increases sharing during emergencies.
To promote data as a public good for improving health outcomes, strengthening country capacities to use data for SDG targets and addressing the needs of communities left behind;
To commit to stronger coordinating data health-related SDGs, by aligning resources at all levels to improve data systems and digital tools to drive country-based evidence-based policy implementation and service delivery;
To fill data gaps and better use of data through partnerships, such as HDC and SDG Global Action Plan (SDG GAP) using a mix of tools (such as SCORE) and technical assistance to increase sharing, learning and engagement between partners and countries.