COVID-19: GRID3 Microplanning Support Country Expansion

Project lead: Attila Lazar

Team: Heather Chamberlain, Tom Abbott, Chris Lloyd, Maksym Bondarenko, Edith Darin, Assane Gadiaga, Duygu Cihan, Tim O’Riordan, Alexandra Frosch

Funding: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)/Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

Start: Jan 2022
Completion: Dec 2022

COVAX is a Gavi Vaccine Alliance initiative aimed at providing equal access to Covid-19 diagnostics, treatments and vaccines. To aid government and non-government organisation (NGO) planning at a local level we and our partners are supporting effective adoption and use of GRID3 spatial data innovations in COVAX strategies to meet COVID-19 vaccination targets. 

In this project, together with our GRID3 partners, CIESIN, UNFPA, Flowminder Foundation, we worked closely with governments and local stakeholders across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our contribution involved:

  • generating high resolution population estimates and various age/sex disaggregations,
  • providing direct technical assistance to governments,
  • working with active COVAX organizations (WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, etc.) to help them incorporate GRID3 innovations into their communications and assistance to governments, and
  • sharing knowledge and expertise with the global COVAX community and countries across sub-Saharan Africa.