www.apb.directionsmag.com 17 Oct 2014
Deadly Disease Interactive
The Daily Mail‘s interactive piece looks at the world’s deadlist outbreaks, as well as history’s most dangerous diseases.
Ebola Tracking Via Cell Phone
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the approximate locations of cell phone users in West Africa who dial emergency call centers in an effort to predict the onset and spread of Ebola outbreaks.
“The data is just the number of calls by cell tower but from that you can get a rough idea of the area that the calls are coming in from, and then derive census, neighborhood data from that,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund told Nextgov on Thursday.
There’s also discussion of Esri’s participation in the ebola response effort in the Mashable piece.
While other industries have leveraged geospatial data, healthcare has yet to embrace the power of geospatial information systems (GIS) and analytics to improve outcomes, quality, access to care, and lower costs.
Data publishing platform Silk has created an interactive infographic database that can instantly show all the information you’d ever want to know about the Ebola outbreaks on the world map, from new deaths to suspected cases, as well as historical data about outbreaks of the virus.
The Ebola Outbreaks database is constantly being updated using latest information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is free for anyone to access, search for information, and share or embed the graphic.
Here’s the map. There are filters, too, which I found confusing. First you select a collection, then a filter. No collection selected? No data appears. Perhaps one should be selected by default? And, no I’d never heard of Silk before, either. Sadly, one way to show off your visualization tools is during a health crisis. That was true with Avian Flu, too.
Nature on Ebola
Nature has a two page PDF map and infographic on Ebola. Have any educators (geo or otherwise) put together lesson plans on the topic? (Via @dianamaps)
Direct Relief Helps Fund Community Health Workers with a Map
What is the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign?
The One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign promotes the effective use of community health workers in achieving universal health coverage, and works to increase knowledge about the importance of CHWs in the post-2015 development agenda. As part of this advocacy, the Campaign urges financing organizations to support CHWs, and tries to motivate countries to demand this support from donors.
Here’s the http://1millionhealthworkers.org/operations-room-map/”>map where you can add data and explore patterns (from Direct Relief and Esri). And here’s the http://www.directrelief.org/2014/10/map-of-community-health-workers-in-africa/”>Q&A about how the map was made and updates.