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SWB was honored to present the following projects at JSM 2020:
Use of GPS-Enabled Mobile Devices to Conduct Health Surveys: Child Mortality in Sierra Leone
SWB members Sowmya Rao and Gary Shapiro, along with Theresa Diaz of UNICEF, wrote an article for CHANCE magazine on evaluating the success of a UNICEF program that uses hand-held GPS devices to collect survey data in developing countries. This program was based in Sierra Leone and collected information on child mortality rates.
Healthcare seeking for diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia among children in four poor rural districts in Sierra Leone in the context of free health care: Results of a cross-sectional survey
BMC Public Health 13:157
SWB members assisted UNICEF in the analysis of a cross-sectional study on healthcare seeking in the four poorest regions of Sierra Leone, to plan for a community case management (CCM) program after the implementation of the Free Health Care Initiative (FHCI).
Haiti after the earthquake: Statistics Without Borders
Significance Magazine 10:2
When a major disaster strikes, urgent needs may be food, water, shelter, medicines – and data. Unless you know the numbers of people involved and how their lives have been affected, giving efficient help is impossible. Statistics Without Borders tries to provide the data. The team that worked on a project in Haiti describe one effort.
There were many volunteers for this project including those who visited Haiti two months after the earthquake in 2010 and those who conducted the survey five months after the earthquake. Statistics without Borders conducted a nationally representative sample survey to examine economic impact using a random digit dial sample of mobile phone numbers. We analyzed the anonymized survey data and the questionnaire that they made available for public use. Radical changes in household members occurred among post-earthquake Haitian households. Similar changes of household members that are caused by natural disasters have been associated with long-term psychological well-being in the literature. The survey also provides a rare look at gender discrepancy in employment retention following a natural disaster from a nationally representative survey. While the overall employment rate was down by 50% five months after the earthquake, our findings indicate that households with female heads are at a significantly greater risk of losing employment.
Pre-natal care plays a critical role in material and infant healthcare. The present work seeks to assess a maternal and infant care program administered by Global Community Service Foundation, (GCSF), in the Inle lake area of Myanmar (formerly called Burma), and find ways to expand it. Such expansions includes identification of critical maternal and infant care knowledge gaps among women and health care workers with the objective of communicating those gaps so that they can be addressed. Statistics Without Borders (SwB) members worked closely with the organization to develop a study, which fits the purpose and meets the ultimate objective. This paper discusses the key results and issues of this collaborative work.
The disaster response resources and the analytical resources must work closely together to ensure that the analysis is fit for purpose and meets the ultimate objective. This study discusses the key considerations for such collaboration through an analysis of Twitter data surrounding the 2013 landfall of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.