Developing Countries: Diseases

Department for International Development written question – answered on 20th April 2017.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the response by Lord Bates on 3 April (HL Deb, cols 930–1) concerning neglected tropical diseases, what study the Department for International Development has made of the use of technologies to map neglected tropical diseases using remote sensing technologies and mobile smartphone technologies.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

DFID funded the Global Trachoma Mapping Project, the largest infectious disease survey ever undertaken using mobile smartphones. DFID is also supporting disease mapping using mobile phones through the Tropical Data initiative. The first phase of this initiative is focussing on impact and surgery surveys for trachoma with mapping of other diseases added at a later date.

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