How to Use Data to Solve Social Problems and Drive Decisions: 4 Takeaways from Data for Good Exchange 2016

It’s been a couple hundred years since Dr. Snow plotted cholera deaths on a simple map; one of the earliest examples of data visualization and epidemiology. But using maps, geo-spatial data and geographic information system data is trendier than ever. Think: satellites, drones, smart phones. These powerful technologies offer billions of pixels worth of data that many industries have only just tapped into as a resource.

Zambia: eLMIS Improves Data Management and Processing Time at Medical Stores Limited (MSL)

A new electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS) developed and implemented by the Zambian government with assistance from the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT is improving the quality and use of data for managing the supply of essential health commodities. JSI’s Mali Kambandu explains how the system has greatly improved efficiency and productivity at Zambia’s central medical store.

Giving Thanks: An HIV-Positive Mother in Zambia Gives Back

Introducing ARVs into antenatal and postnatal care significantly improves the chance that babies of HIV-positive mothers can be born without the virus. “I am a happy mother,” says Susan Simfukwe in Lusaka. “I think the American government has really helped us Zambians. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think we’d have ARVs now. I want to thank the American people as their support has really served us.” Since 2007 the Zambian ARV logistics system has given more than 165,000 women like Susan access to PMTCT drugs.

Through Mutinta’s Eyes: The HIV epidemic in Zambia

But, I have also seen hope. I have seen people, organizations, countries coming together, putting resources together to help Zambians. I have seen a disease which was once a death sentence become a disease that can be managed, thanks to all the resources that have gone into providing testing facilities & ART, as well as care and support programs. I have seen the disease itself change from the virulent attacks characteristic of the early textbook description of AIDS, including severe oral thrush, severe Herpes Zoster, other skin manifestations; the AIDS we see now is milder, I think.