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Automated Creation of Microplans Using Novel Data Sources

Coite Manuel of Food Chain LLC. in the U.S. will develop a web-based tool that takes existing road network and population data for any country, divides it into regions, and identifies the closest health facility based on type and time of travel to improve health campaign planning and better monitor population health. Current approaches to map catchment areas for health facilities use administrative boundaries or population statistics, which often don't reflect where people actually go. Once the site catchment areas have been defined, they will overlay heatmaps to identify vulnerable areas for targeting during health campaigns. They will use opensource tools and free or low-cost technologies such as MapBox, and partner with at least one country to help develop and test their technology.

More information about Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns (Round 24)

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