Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.
The 2021 access to medicine index, released today, shows a higher commitment to product access plans. The pandemic is part of the reason for this shift, says Jayasree Iyer, executive director of the Access to Medicine Foundation.
Loon, an accessible internet project by Alphabet, announced its closure Friday. Some in the development community were quick to say “I told you so,” noting that the effort has diverted attention and funding from proven technology and models.
COVID-19 served as a wake-up call about the importance of trust in public health, including how long it takes to build and how easy it is to lose. Schmidt Futures is one of several organizations exploring ways to build trust in preparation for the next pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in the use of digital technologies. Now, leaders across sectors are calling for a rapid acceleration to extend services to the 3.7 billion people globally who remain offline.
Dr. Anita Zaidi, the first president of Gender Equality at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation tells Devex, “I’ve thought a lot about how we design systems of care that don’t work for women, and how global health actually doesn’t work for women.”
The Gates Foundation commits an additional $250 million toward COVID-19 vaccine research and development. But philanthropy is not a long-term solution, CEO Mark Suzman tells Devex, saying, “We’re a stopgap, we’re an accelerator, we’re a catalyst."