Information technology can significantly advance the delivery of healthcare in developing countries, addressing problems such as the high risk of maternal death across Africa and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. “Health & Innovation” will directly support organizations working to improve health outcomes in developing countries.
Research conducted by Elsevier and SciDev.net in the 2015 Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape report revealed that that only 2% of sustainability science research output is produced by developing countries, despite the fact that these countries are often the hardest-hit by climate change and resource scarcity. For many low-income countries, this so-called ‘science poverty’ limits their involvement in vital research. The “Research in Developing Countries” program will seek to redress the balance with three key partnerships designed to widen access to academic knowledge.
The future of science requires a robust and diverse workforce drawn from all corners of society. Encouraging STM careers among young people from communities that have severely limited educational resources and few professional role models is a particular challenge. To address this, we have expanded our focus on advancing women in science to include new partnerships helping under-served youth receive greater exposure to science and health education in Amsterdam, London and New York.
We recognize that technological solutions are increasingly playing a role in helping the world solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. The Elsevier Foundation is working to develop a new program area which will harness the power of technology and big data for good. Our goal is to support projects enabling data scientists to contribute their skills to tackle some of the toughest issues outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.