The Cloudera Foundation, which was set up in 2007 because its founders believe that the responsible use of data is a powerful tool to make progress on the world’s most challenging problems, is to award US$640,000 to Terre des hommes to use Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning to help health professionals in West Africa.
It will support a project called Integrated e-Diagnostic Approach (IeDA), which has equipped hundreds of clinics in Burkina Faso with computer tablets to help health professionals diagnose and treat deadly diseases such as pneumonia or diarrhoea among children under the age of five.
The Ministry of Health will also be able to better detect health threats and improve how the government allocates resources to reduce child morbidity and mortality.
“Collecting data can be extremely difficult in West Africa, especially in remote areas, and IeDA has made important strides in overcoming this challenge,” said Riccardo Lampariello, Terres des hommes’ head of health programs.
“Our partnership with the Cloudera Foundation will allow us to use such a wealth of data in much more powerful ways. Working with this sophisticated technology and partnering with their data scientists will help improve diagnoses, spot trends, and upgrade health clinics management with the ultimate goal to save children’s lives.”