A Solution for PH’s Dengue Outbreak? Learn About Project AEDES
by Inside Manila Team, April 17, 2020 1:24pm
Dengue is a disease endemic in tropical countries. Depending on the climate and season, the number of dengue cases in the Philippines varies from time to time. It is one of the illnesses that costs thousands of lives per year. In 2019 alone, there are more than 271,000 cases and 1,100 deaths in our country. In order to decrease the number, a project was developed by a group of young Filipinos.
Made for Public Health
Dominic Ligot, Mark Toledo, Frances Claire Tayco, and Jansen Lopez developed the project called AEDES (Advanced Early Detection and Exploration Services) in 2019. This was created as an entry to NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge, the world's largest global hackathon, where it won the Best Use of Data award.
Project AEDES wants to touch the Sustainable Development Goal number three, which is good health and well-being. Among others, it aims to improve the public health response against dengue in the Philippines.
Using Technology for Prediction
The AEDES predicts possible hotspots of dengue. One factor is the Google search trends for dengue and other related search terms. This reveals the behavior of the people affected by the epidemic. When the searches start to spike, it will impose a challenge for authorities to provide support for certain areas’ public health.
As for the cases, the project was able to model dengue cases using climate readings from relevant areas like average monthly regular temperature and average monthly rainfall. They are also able to acquire data that show likely stagnant water hotspots, which can be breeding ground for mosquitoes.
In this way, we will be able to determine which locations should be prioritized for health aids concerning dengue. This project will be able to lessen the cases and even save lives.
Project AEDES came to be because the Space Apps challenged them to develop creative solutions that address sustainable development worldwide using data from NASA and Earth observing satellites. We initiatives like Project AEDES will be recognized and used wisely in the country to help secure everyone’s health and well-being.