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Workshop: Machine Learning for the Developing World (ML4D): Improving Resilience

Invited Talk 3: Using Search Data to Inform Public Health in Africa

Elaine Nsoesie


Search queries and social media data can be used to inform public health surveillance in Africa. Specifically, these data can provide, (1) early warning for public health crisis response; (2) fine-grained representation of public health concerns to develop targeted interventions; and (3) timely feedback on public health policies. This talk covers examples of how search data has been used for studying public health information needs, infectious disease surveillance and monitoring risk factors for chronic conditions in Africa.