Our Mission: V0P seeks to track the spread of endemic cholera in Bangladesh via static and dynamic “ghost-mapping”: the mapping of an endemic disease that is unseen and unheard, but is a chronic threat to livelihood. Static ghost-mapping uses existing health and climatic data to retrospectively map cholera. Dynamic ghost-mapping, which we wish to incorporate in the future, will involve the use of mobile health technologies to collect cholera incidence data and generate disease propagation maps in real-time.
Dear Friends of Village Zero,
As Kate and David have discussed in project reports before this one, we implemented first phase data collection via static ghost-mapping in Matlab, Bangladesh during summer 2012.
We utilized existing health incidence data from our partner, the International Centre of Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), to develop an preliminary data visualization of cholera transmission. We presented the visualization linked here at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in December 2012 and received excellent feedback on the importance and necessity of our work! A thorough overview can be found in the poster attached to this report. In short, this visualization shows how cholera spreads in Matlab, Bangladesh over the course of a year, and we plan to publish our results in an open access, peer-reviewed journal in February.
As 2013 progresses, we will develop geospatial models of cholera proliferation in Matlab that employ ICDDR,B incidence data and climatic data. Our models will include temporal and environmental input parameters such as rainfall and temperature amongst others. The output of these models will be a map that highlights villages in Matlab that can expect to experience cholera under given conditions and at what percent incidence. User-friendly applets that are programmed with our models will be made publicly available on our website as they are completed.
This is a very exciting time for Village Zero. We have received much encouragement from the field - and from our friends - that our work is of value and fills an unoccupied niche in infectious disease initatives. Without the support of our friends, we would not be able to accomplish what we have thus far, nor would we be capable of forging ahead as our organization grows and flourishes.
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