Computing for Global Health – A Case Study
Thursday’s lecture was ta case study of the blood safety and monitoring project in Africa that is still in progress from the first C4G class in spring 2008. Two Ph.D. students worked with a division of the CDC that’s part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) grant that was just renewed for another $5B for five years.
The system built by the students was so successful they ultimately deployed it in 14 African countries and South America during January 2009. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) will be using it to track all blood in the countries they monitor.
Why not use a commercial solution if so much funding is available for global health efforts like this? Watch the lecture to find out why they generally don’t work.