IDRC AI4COVID Response Program

Project Title: Predictive modeling and forecasting of the transmission of COVID- 19 in Africa using Artificial Intelligence
Funders: IDRC and SIDA

The objective of the project was to develop and adapt existing models and simulations on COVID-19 transmission dynamics as well as public health interventions (PHIs), locally relevant to specific African urban and peri-urban environments to: (a) Develop modelling tools and simulation dashboards relevant and practical to local health authorities and policy-makers in mitigating or suppressing the impact of subsequent waves of infections; (b) Evaluate relative effectiveness and potential biases of PHIs (e.g. local appropriateness and feasibility, cost, socio-economic impact); and (c) Support communication strategies with local stakeholders that address dis- and mis-information about COVID-19 prevention and treatment.