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Internews joins launch of £10m Trinity Challenge to protect the world against future pandemics

September 14, 2020

The Trinity Challenge will uncover, elevate, and support ideas from the world’s best and brightest minds and global organisations to better protect the world against future health emergencies.

“COVID-19 is both a health crisis and an information crisis,” said Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive of Internews Europe. “Provision of, and access to, accurate and trustworthy information is key to addressing any pandemic – and our goal is to ensure those most affected by such crises have a seat at the table in devising solutions.”

Launched by Dame Sally Davies, former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the United Kingdom, the Founding Members are: Aviva, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Brunswick Group, University of Cambridge, Discovery Limited, Facebook, Global Virome Project, Google, GSK,  HKUMed, Imperial College London, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Internews, Legal and General, LSE, McKinsey and Company, Microsoft, Northeastern University, Optum, Reckitt Benckiser, Tencent, and Zenysis Technology.

The Trinity Challenge

The global health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19 have laid bare our current inability to identify, respond to and recover from health emergencies. Launching the Challenge, Dame Sally Davies said:

“There will be another COVID-19, and there is an opportunity for the international community to learn lessons now and prepare for the future. The Trinity Challenge is a recognition by business, academia and philanthropy of the need for new, breakthrough ideas and approaches to beat the next pandemic."

Disinformation, misinformation, and lack of information has magnified the impact of COVID-19, making it exponentially harder to stop or slow the virus’ spread.

As an international non-profit dedicating to helping people access accurate information, Internews is uniquely poised to ensure that trusted information providers are at the forefront of solutions to future global pandemics.

The Trinity Challenge sets a series of urgent questions to harness the potential of data and analytics to learn and share lessons from the great innovations made to combat COVID-19 and to build resilience against future health emergencies. £10M of funding will be made available to Challenge Teams to support and scale their innovations across areas including economics, information provision, behavioural sciences, and epidemiology.

Data-driven, inclusive solutions

The Trinity Challenge is calling on global participants to submit impact-led ideas on how to safeguard health and economic systems from the threat of global health emergencies. Submissions that make the selection will be supported with access to people, data and resources from Founding Members, to maximise the effectiveness of their solutions and leverage the world-leading expertise and innovation of these institutions.

Challenge Teams will focus on potential solutions that support and strengthen the global public health ecosystem in a robust and inclusive way. Solutions will be fielded globally through an open and accessible submission process to bring the best minds and ideas together with the aim of developing insights which will benefit the world in the future.

Submissions before January 2021

Organizations and individuals can register interest to participate in The Trinity Challenge at on the website at https://thetrinitychallenge.org. Formal applications will open in early October. The submission period will close in January 2021.

(Banner photo: Credit pixabay/ ludi, courtesy of The Trinity Challenge)