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UZIMA-DS: UtiliZing health Information for Meaningful impact in East Africa through Data Science

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Funding Fogarty Program

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

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

UZIMA-DS: UtiliZing health Information for Meaningful impact in East Africa through Data Science

Principal Institution

Aga Khan University (Kenya)

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Ali, Amina Abubakar; Waljee, Akbar K.

Project Contact Information

amina.abubakar@aku.edu

Year(s) Awarded

2021-2026

Country

Kenya; Tanzania

Collaborators

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI);  KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme;  University of Michigan;  University of Ottawa; Ministry of Health, Kenya;  Nairobi Metropolitan Services. (See Project Description for additional collaborators.)

NIH Partners

OD/NIH; NIBIB; NIMH

Project Description

The, UZIMA-DS (UtiliZe health Information for Meaningful impact in East Africa through Data Science) Research Hub will create a scalable and sustainable platform to apply novel approaches to data assimilation and advanced artificial intelligence/machine learning-based methods to serve as early warning systems to 

  1. improve health outcomes for at-risk mothers and children 
  2. improve mental health outcomes for at-risk adolescents and young adults in Kenya. 

The hub will bring together method experts in statistics, computer science, and informatics, health domain experts and practitioners, and partnerships with key stakeholders to not only improve the quality, efficiency, and relevance of multidisciplinary data science in health research, but also its transparency, reproducibility, and dissemination for sustainable impact in Africa. Thus, helping ensure current and future generations of Africans can achieve uzima (health/well-being in Swahili).

Additional Collaborators

County Govt of Kilifi; Wellcome Trust; Agha Khan Foundation; Agha Khan Health Services, Tanzania; University of Notre Dame; King's College, London

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