What We Can Learn from Zika in the Midst of COVID-19

The World Health Organization recently declared South America the new center of the coronavirus pandemic as cases continue to rise dramatically in Brazil and other countries in the region. Several of these countries were also affected by the 2015-2016 Zika outbreak, and we were curious to see how contributors were handling the current health crisis,

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Premise Data Looks at COVID-19 in Latin America

As COVID-19 has continued its relentless march across the globe, almost every country has been touched by the virus. Premise, with its global network of Contributors, is able to monitor how people across the globe have felt and responded during this pandemic, and we have continued to monitor the situation by receiving on-the-ground feedback from

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Latin American Countries Lack Trust in Government Information Reveals Premise

Governments in Latin America are just starting to implement social distancing policies, many of them a month behind other countries in the world. Even so, our contributors have been reporting photographs of “social-distancing evidence” since the beginning of March 2020, albeit official government actions only beginning toward the end of the month. On March 20th,

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Battling Mosquito-borne Diseases with Technology in Latin America

Premise has been working with local citizens to crowdsource data about mosquito breeding sites to help fill the gaps in the local governments’ vector control efforts. Armed with a mobile app, Glenis Barragan has been knocking from door to door in the poor neighbourhoods of Colombia’s northern city of Cucuta, aiming to combat the spread

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Coverage Roundup of Premise’s Work in Colombia

Premise has been working in Colombia, through a grant from USAID, to help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika and chikungunya. Over the course of the last year, Premise has grown networks in Cali, Cúcuta and Santa Marta. To grow these networks, Premise worked with local health authorities, community leaders and the media.

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The Fight Against Zika Continues in Colombia

In November 2018, we had the opportunity to visit our Zika Citizen Network pilot project in three different cities in Colombia. Funded by a USAID Grand Challenge grant, we are currently in the second stage of the two part project focusing on mitigating viruses spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Cali, Cúcuta, and Santa

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Country Support Specialist Spotlight: Claudia Abello

We are continuing our global workforce spotlight series (which includes our country support specialists (CSS’s) and country managers) with Claudia Abello the local coordinator for Premise’s USAID Zika project in Colombia. Our global workforce plays a huge role in our ability to manage hundreds of networks and thousands of Contributors across the globe. We asked

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Harnessing the Value of a Nurtured Network

At Premise, we distinguish ourselves from other data collection companies through the meticulous development of our Contributor networks. Premise builds Contributor networks across the globe, each carefully tailored to the individual communities it encompasses. These networks aim to provide ground-level data to our clients, helping to inform critical decision-making. Beyond that, these networks also have

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Fighting Zika with Digital Vector Surveillance in Cali, Colombia

Going Digital, Integrating Data Science, and Enlisting a Citizen Network By Matej Novak, Head of Programs, Premise Data It’s been one year since Premise partnered with Cali, Colombia on a digital overhaul of the city’s vector surveillance and control operations. In this blog we will discuss our accomplishments, the results of a data science experiment,

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