There are many pressing global health issues today. Preparing for epidemics like Ebola, the increasing dangers of climate change, access to medicine and contraceptives, antibiotic-resistant infections — the list goes on and on.
One thing that is essential to addressing all these issues is data, and the state of data on global health isn’t so great.
Philanthropist and former Microsoft executive Melinda Gates said this week that the data we have on global health is improving — in part because of projects undertaken by the Gates Foundation and other philanthropic organizations — but there’s still a long way to go.
Speaking at an event marking the tenth anniversary of the UW Department of Global Health, Gates said collaboration between science, technology, and global health organizations is one reason they’re starting to see more data.