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Developing data science solutions to mitigate the health impacts of climate change in Africa: the HE2AT Center

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Funding Fogarty Program

Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa)

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

Developing data science solutions to mitigate the health impacts of climate change in Africa: the HE2AT Center

Principal Institution

Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Limited (WHC)

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Chersich, Matthew; Luchters, Stanley

Project Contact Information

mchersich@wrhi.ac.za

Year(s) Awarded

2021-2026

Country

South Africa; Ivory Coast

Collaborators

Aga Khan University Kenya; IBM Research Africa; University of Cape Town; University of Michigan; University Peleforo Gon Coulibalu; University of Washington. (See Project Description for additional collaborators.)

NIH Partners

OD/NIH; NIEHS

Project Description

The Heat and Health African Transdisciplinary Center (HE2AT Center) will generate new knowledge on the impacts of heat waves and extreme heat on clinical conditions and on people living in vulnerable urban settings, applying data science approaches to existing environmental and high-quality health outcomes data. Perhaps more importantly, the Center will develop and test innovative solutions for tracking heat-related conditions at a district level and for providing individualized early warnings of dangerous heat periods relevant to high-risk groups, industry and the general population. The Center will build capacity of the team and key organizations, engage with communities, government and other stakeholders, and work across the DS-I Africa Program.

Additional Collaborators

The African Union; Department of Science & Innovations, South Africa; Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovations, La Cote D'Ivoire; South African Medical Research Council; United States Department of Commerce; Futurearth; Animation Rurale de Korhogo


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