Kampala, Uganda — The initiative, as part of an established virus outbreak data network, has been launched under the urgent need to ensure Africa’s health professionals and data scientists to be equipped with machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to discover meaningful epidemic outbreaks.
The initiative is supported by the Philips Foundation, whose mission is to provide access to care for underserved communities. “With this donation, the Philips Foundation supports the establishment of a Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN), to ensure that data-intelligence is available to support an effective response to the new coronavirus”, says Margot Cooijmans, director of the Philips Foundation.
The donation will allow the creation of a system that improves the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reuse of digital assets, including data from African health systems. This strengthens preparedness and provides capabilities to enhance the digital innovation of African health systems, helping to identify epidemic outbreaks to fight and contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
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