Pictures from Venezuela Reveal Current State of Health and Food Security

This blog is part of a new series on Venezuela and Humanitarian Assistance. In this blog, we aim to explore how COVID-19 is impacting access to food and healthcare in Venezuela through pictures collected by local Premise users. Both crises, a broken healthcare system and the lack of proper food security were already in existence

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A Closer Look at the Crisis in Venezuela

Venezuela is currently the epicenter of the largest humanitarian crisis in Latin America. Once considered one of the richest countries in the region due to its oil reserves, over the past two decades it has moved toward the brink of economic collapse with conditions worsening rapidly since 2014. More recently, international organizations have been reporting

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COVID-19 Preparedness and Messaging in Nigeria

The spread of COVID-19 across the globe has led to several questions about how health systems in lower and middle-income countries will deal with the pandemic. Nigeria is the most populated country on the African continent and therefore a potential hotspot for COVID cases given the inherent difficulties of social distancing in its densely populated

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How Data Can Make Development Organizations More Impactful

International development organizations support critical work to improve livelihoods and solve widespread, complex and often systemic problems in some of the most challenging environments around the world. Yet these organizations face challenges in adopting new technologies, in part because there is significant risk in taking on technology that’s untested. If organizations want to accelerate the

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What International Development Can Learn from Agile Software Development

Have you ever collected data that was not fully utilized—maybe made it to a final report but never informed activities? Is the data you just collected now illuminating what you only wish you had asked instead? The international development community is abuzz with agile, adaptive or iterative management because adaptive management produces better results. From

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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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The Importance and Future of Complementary Health Data

The past 20 years have incurred profound increases in funding for the use of health management information systems and national demographic health surveys in the developing world. This has included collecting routine administrative and operational data from the health system and survey-based data collection on a more or less annual basis. The idea is, if

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Premise Data selected to monitor family planning and vaccination services in Nigeria

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Premise, the global leader in real-time, real-world ground truth data, announced their selection by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to monitor availability of family planning and vaccination services using their contributor network in Nigeria. The activities will identify and collect data from health clinics and pharmacies on the

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Opinion: Data-driven adaptive management for international development

Achieving the 2030 sustainable development agenda requires development organizations to move beyond the “one-size-fits-all” model of development and the standardized approach typical of the industrial age. Instead, it should move toward interventions that are both bespoke and suitable for the complexity of the world we operate in and, at the same time, responsive and adaptable

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Premise Data Tapped to Collect Ground Truth on Health Facilities Worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Premise, the global leader in real-time, real-world ground truth data, announced an agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to collect health data for the purpose of improving understanding of health services in eleven countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  Read more

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