A lab technician uses a single channel pipette dropper to test material during Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test processing at a laboratory in the Dunkeld suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Scientists are concerned the South Africa coronavirus strain could be far more widespread in the U.K. than test results show, threatening plans to start lifting lockdown once vaccines have been deployed. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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Building an interactive dashboard to support decision-makers for COVID-19 in Africa

Data Clinic partnered with the COVID-19 in Africa Data Science Initiative to increase access to their context-specific insights

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Apr 21 · 2 min read

Over the past year, we have seen countless data visualizations, dashboards and charts all detailing the spread of COVID-19 around the world. While some of these dashboards are excellent sources of information, few of them take into account regional variations in the factors associated with transmission.

The COVID-19 in Africa Data Science Initiative is a collaboration between researchers at Boston University and other academic institutions around the world that was constituted to model and map the trajectory of COVID-19 on the African continent as well as develop tools to aid policy makers in real-time decision-making leading to efficient resource and therapeutic allocation.

Data Clinic collaborated with the COVID-19 in Africa Data Science team to develop an open source interactive multilingual dashboard that facilitates access to their insights and supports decision-makers across the continent.

A screenshot of the dashboard landing page, https://covidinafrica.tsdataclinic.com/

The dashboard, written using a React-based frontend and a NestJS API, displays infection, recovery, and death statistics for each African country along with COVID-19 infection forecasts based on the model produced by the COVID-19 in Africa Data Science Initiative.

The dashboard is still in development, with more features to come. Stay tuned for updates, and in the meantime — please share your feedback or open a ticket on GitHub.

To learn more about the methodologies and decisions behind the model and the dashboard, please visit their respective GitHub repositories:

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As the data- and tech-for-good arm of the financial services company Two Sigma, Data Clinic provides pro bono data science and engineering support to nonprofits and engages in open source tooling and research that contribute to the broader Data and Tech for Good movement.

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