The Ground Truth to Satellite Imagery: A Premise Solution

Advancements in satellite imagery have transformed the way governments and organizations learn about changes on the ground. Satellite data’s ability to provide timely map updates has replaced the burden of utilizing field teams to map locations outside regular activities. This includes new settlements from migrating populations, damage caused by war or natural disaster, as well

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Surprising Impacts and Perceptions of COVID-19 in Brazil

The impact of COVID-19 on Brazil is immense, second only to the United States in terms of number of cases and deaths. It is the epicenter of the outbreak in Latin America with a recorded 3.9 million cases and 122,596 deaths at the beginning of September. In Brazil, half the population lives on less than

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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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A Roundup Of Premise’s Analysis On COVID-19 In Latin America

Coronavirus arrived late in Latin America with Brazil being the first to report a case on February 25, 2020. At this current time, the country has reported more than 370,000 cases of the virus. Brazil has one of the highest levels of cases and deaths in the region, though President Bolsonaro has been reluctant to

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Guayaquil, Guayas – Ecuador in Pictures

During late March and early April of 2020, the port city of Guayaquil in Ecuador became one of the epicenters of the novel coronavirus in Latin America. Ecuador is the 8th largest one in population in Latin America, with 17.6 million people, yet is only behind Brazil and Peru today in the total 23,240 number

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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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A Visual Look at Brazil During COVID-19

Brazil has been in the international spotlight this week as President Jair Bolsonaro protested against his own government. Videos and photographs have shown a lack of social distancing occurring. President Bolsonaro has continued to prioritize the economy and has been dismissive of the virus and its severity.  The country currently has the highest number of

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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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Amazon Fires and the Impact on Public Health: What the Data Tells Us

The Amazon Rainforest fires dominated international headlines a few months back, and the sad truth is that while the news stories have slowed and been pushed from the headlines, the fires have not stopped burning. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research reports that the number of fires through September 2019 is up nearly 50 percent

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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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