WS12 : Are we ready for the next emerging pandemic : Opportunity and challenges in the digital age

UNIGE’s Spring School of Global Health – Project-based course


The increasing number of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as MERS, Ebola, Zika and more recently plague in Madagascar, together with the fact that pathogens are getting more and more resistant to the use of drugs, has put the world on guard for a next potential pandemic. The Ebola crisis in 2014-2015 highlighted major scientific and organisational deficiencies in our capacity to respond to such Global Health crisis and pointed again at anthropogenic activities as the major driving force of emerging infectious diseases.

Major lessons have been learnt and actions are currently underway in different sectors and at different levels (e.g. prepare, detect, react and recover). In parallel to this unprecedented pandemic risk, we are living an unprecedented technological and digital revolution, the quantity and quality of digital technology is expanding rapidly, and the range for rapid improvement and innovation is huge.

This session will focus on an exciting question “Are we ready for the next emerging pandemic? Opportunities and challenges in the Digital Age?”, and will give the opportunity to student from the 2018 UNIGE’s Spring School of Global Heath to present their research activities developed during the Geneva Health Forum 2018. Students will address this question working collaboratively in interdisciplinary and international teams, and interacting with experts and participants at the GHF208. Based on the data that they will have collected, the participants will discuss the opportunities and limitations of digital innovation to better predict and detect infectious diseases outbreaks.


The objective of the session is to discuss the opportunities and limitations of digital innovation to better prepare for emerging infectious diseases outbreaks.



Students from the 2018 UNIGE’s Spring School in Global Health

Bolon IsabelleChairmanGlobal Health InstituteSwitzerland
Ruiz De Castaneda Rafael LuisChairmanGlobal Health InstituteSwitzerland



PS : Parallel session PS-5 : Communication
Location: Date: April 11, 2018 Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Bolon Isabelle Ruiz De Castaneda Rafael Luis