2021

Epidemic Management

Working Group Chaired by:

Dr. Hyeonmo Ku
Chief Executive Officer, KT Corporation

In the advent of COVID-19 Pandemic, whole world has been exerting immense efforts on overcoming the virus. While governments and medical sectors are concentrating on treatment and development of vaccines and medicines, ICT sector has also been playing a pivotal role in enabling various economic activities while help alleviating the spread of the virus.

In continuation of the work of Working Group on “Epidemic Preparedness” in 2018, the new Working Group on “Epidemic Management” is proposed to analysis various global efforts, best practices and valuable learnings to tackle COVID-19 Pandemic and present how the world could work together to overcome another wave of Epidemics and Pandemics, reflecting various social, cultural and national environment and approaches. 

Objectives of the Group:

  1. To study and present global framework encompassing various global epidemic management (Prevent, Detect, Respond) using ICTs
  2. To alleviate humanitarian and social loss by ICT in support of the SDG3: Good Health and Well-Being

The group was launched in September 2020 during the Broadband Commission’s Annual Fall Meeting.

Outcomes

epidemic management

Importance of ICT and Global Cooperation for Future Epidemic Management

The executive summary covers the current status of the COVID-19 outbreak, the need for a framework for responding to future pandemics and cases in 15 countries in Europe, America, Asia, and Africa including: 

  1. governance and regulatory response strategies for COVID-19; 
  2. quarantine and policies that can mitigate socio-economic impacts; 
  3. vaccination strategies; 
  4. public acceptance of policies; 
  5. contributions from international organizations responding to COVID-19; and, 
  6. best ICT practices for COVID-19 response. 

Membership

Broadband Commissioners

  1. President Paul Kagame, Government of Rwanda
  2. ITU
  3. Carlos Jarque, America Movil
  4. Mats Granryd, GSMA
  5. Makhtar Diop, IFC
  6. Baroness Beeban Kidron
  7. Sun Yafang, Huawei
  8. Achim Steiner, UNDP
  9. Government of South Africa
  10. Dr. Hessa Al Jaber, Eshailsat
  11. Leong Keng Thai, Singapore
  12. Robert Kirkpatrick, UN Global Pulse
  13. Dato Lee Yee Cheong, ISTIC

External Experts

  1. Jacob Lee, Hallym University
  2. Joanna Rubinstein, World Childhood Foundation