Highlights & updates


Martina Szabo

Launch of a Decision-Making Dashboard for the COVID-19 response in Africa

There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governments have had to adapt their strategies to balance complex political, social, economic and health considerations.

To support decision-makers, the Partnership for Evidence- Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC Coalition) has developed a decision-making framework and accompanying dashboard to support the use of data to help guide national-level COVID-19 response strategies.

Dashboard extract on 22 October 2020
Image: Partnership for Evidence-Based Response for COVID-19

With an emphasis on Africa, the framework draws on country experiences in managing the COVID-19 response, and highlights both elements of effective responses and common challenges. The dashboard and framework are living documents that will be improved and adapted in response to real-time learning and feedback.

Since it launched in March, the PERC Coalition has collected social, economic, epidemiological, population movement and security data from African Union Member States to help determine the acceptability, impact and effectiveness of public health and social measures for COVID-19.

This joint effort between Resolve to Save Lives, IPSOS, Africa CDC, the World Health Organization, UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, Novetta Mission Analytics and the World Economic Forum helps to inform policy on public health and social measures related to the COVID-19 response.

We've launched a new business coalition to share credible information about vaccines

According to the Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report: Workplace Trust and the Coronavirus, 78% of people agree that businesses have a responsibility to help protect their employees and their communities from the COVID-19 virus. The same report also reveals that employees trust their employers to provide them with credible information about COVID-19 - particularly important in contexts where people may be wary of other information sources.

The World Economic Forum's Future of Health and Healthcare platform is initiating a coalition of like-minded employers committed to building and sustaining vaccine confidence and literacy in the workplace.

In the coming months, we will partner with our member companies to support private sector employers in their efforts to help build confidence in and understanding of vaccines.

By facilitating employer access to credible and appropriate information and tools, we can collectively support efforts to share accurate information and improve confidence.

Check the project page for more information and future updates.

Jobs Reset Summit this week: Key sessions for COVID Action

The Forum has kicked off a four-day Jobs Reset Summit, to bring together visionary leaders and consortia from business, government, civil society, media and the broader public to shape a new agenda for growth, jobs, skills and equity.

Check out the sessions highlighted below, which promise to advance new frameworks and shape innovative solutions to key topics related to our COVID Action Platform.

Valuing Frontline Work and Workers

Even as economies went into lockdown, workers in nursing, grocery stores, postal services, transport, care and more were on the frontline of providing essential services to their communities. How can we transform the low-paid and precarious nature of such work and recognize the critical importance of frontline work and workers?

  • Jeremias Adams-Prassl, Professor of Law, University of Oxford
  • Christy Hoffman, General Secretary, UNI Global Union
  • Stephen Klasko, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Health
  • Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
  • Andria Zafirakou, Teacher, Arts and Textile, Alperton Community School

A New Vision for Health at Work

In the US, 88% of workers say they are moderately to extremely stressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and more than two-thirds say it is the most stressful time in their careers. What can be done to protect and enhance employees' physical and mental health and safety for both remote and on-site workers?

  • Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein Inc.
  • Christy Hoffman, General Secretary, UNI Global Union
  • Elisha London, Chief Executive Officer, United for Global Mental Health
  • Ben Page, Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos Group GIE
  • Pascal Rey-Herme, Co-Founder, Group Medical Director, International SOS
  • Garen K. Staglin, Chairman and Co-Founder, One Mind
  • Miranda Wolpert, Head, Mental Health Priority Area, Wellcome Trust
  • Arnaud Bernaert, Head of Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum
  • Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

Find the full summit programme here.