Future Investment Initiative Institute launches Global Infectious Diseases Index

Joydeep Sengupta /Dubaiss Filed on September 21, 2021
FII Institute CEO Richard Attias (right) speaks with Democratic Republic of the Congo President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo about global collaboration on vaccine development at the FII Institute Health is Wealth roundtable in New York. Supplied photo

World leaders, government, and private sector representatives attended the Health Is Wealth roundtable held at UN

The Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute, which is a global non-profit foundation with an investment arm, launched the Global Infectious Diseases Index in New York on Tuesday (September 21). It uses a specially designed Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool designed to track pathogens around the world and provide key data to help prepare for and fight infectious diseases.

It was developed in partnership with the global pioneer in infectious disease risk solutions Metabiota and the leading technology consulting firm Accenture. It tracks up to 60 pathogens, including those behind Covid-19, dengue, and measles, and is designed to increase global awareness about infectious diseases including tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV.

It also reduces threats and provides valuable insights to drive decision-making.

Metabiota’s risk solution programme was among the first to flag unusual infections in Wuhan in central China in December 2019.

The FII Institute officially launched the Index at the Health Is Wealth roundtable, held on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, with world leaders, and government and private sector representatives in attendance.

FII Institute CEO Richard Attias said he is proud of the collaborative work done to harness the technology required to provide these valuable analytics. “The insights the Index will provide will prepare governments and health services to make informed decisions that will help humanity,” he said.

“It removes the complexities of infectious diseases data and delivers a simple and intuitive global view,” he added.

The index is unique because it will provide endemic disease burden and epidemic disease threat data in a single platform. It includes the top five deadliest global endemic diseases, across 204 countries and territories, and tracks up to 60 pathogens, including the coronavirus. Integrated data also includes countries ranked by Highest Healthcare Expenditure (as a percentage of GDP), the number of people per country vaccinated for each disease, and in-depth information on medical professionals and services.

FII Institute’s THINK Director, and Nobel Laureate, Lameen Abdul-Malik, said there is a need to address infectious diseases that burden countries, economies, and individuals.

“The data from the index should provide insightful information to help countries plan ahead to mitigate the effects of future pandemics as well as address endemic diseases to help their populations live healthier and longer lives,” he said.

“Solutions being developed to fight Covid-19 should be leveraged to address other infectious disease threats which have been a problem for many years,” he added.

Joydeep Sengupta

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