HALI/PREDICT will be featured on HealthMap!

The HALI facilitated PREDICT project, part of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats program, has partnered with HealthMap.

HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization).

Essentially, when the HALI/PREDICT team identifies infectious diseases in wildlife, livestock, or people, HealthMap will be notified and the information displayed on a special HealthMap customized for PREDICT.  A screenshot of this map showing PREDICT sites in East Africa is included below.

A screenshot from HealthMap - PREDICT.

As you can see on the map (though fuzzy), yellow pins incidate detected outbreaks or presence of reported infectious diesease.  So far, HealthMap has not been displaying much activity for Tanzania.  Because HealthMap sources data from disease surveillance networks, this indicates that Tanzania could use considerable improvements in disease surveillance and detection from the local to the national level.  HALI/PREDICT, in collaboration with UC Davis and the Sokoine University of Agriculture will be working to improve this surveillance capacity at the wildlife-livestock-human interface over the next several years.

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