Name Analyzing Malaria with Satellite Data
Source UN Women
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Description A study creating high spatiotemporal resolution maps of malaria risk, focusing on urban and peri-urban areas and predicting maternal morbidity due to malaria In a given environmental, economic, cultural, and health service context. Remote sensing satellite data on vegetation density, soil moisture, population density, and spatial pattern of human infrastructure have long been used to predict levels of malaria risk. Advances in computing allow more powerful use of these big datasets, including analysis of extreme spatial and temporal heterogeneity and inclusion of greater numbers of explanatory variables. This project seeks to create malaria risk maps for the Amazon Basin, focusing first on urban and peri-urban zones of the Brazil/Guyana border, areas with highly variable vector habitat and elevated illness incidence. At least two vector distribution mapping studies in this region exist, but to our knowledge there is no high resolution dynamic mapping of malaria risk. The first phase of the project will use remote sensing data and existing health records, in combination with information about the economic, cultural, and health system context, to estimate a spatial regression model predicting morbidity burden among pregnant women, using DALYs as the principal metric. The second phase will then test the accuracy of this model using data collected in real-time.
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Lead Institution UN Women
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Partners Getlio Vargas Foundation, Amazon Malaria Initiative
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    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
    Status Published