HelpMum’s AI research paper aims to improve vaccine tracking across Nigeria

Godfrey Elimian
*AI tracking will improve on existing baseline methods according to evaluation
HelpMum's founder, Dr Abiodun Adereni
HelpMum’s founder, Dr Abiodun Adereni

HelpMum, a social enterprise birthed with the mission to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Africa has had its research paper, on improving existing vaccination tracking system in partnership with Vanderbilt University and Google Research India, accepted by the International Joint conference on artificial intelligence organisation (IJCAI).

IJCAI which represents the biggest gathering of organisations involved in AI accepted the paper in what would make it the only social enterprise research paper in Nigeria to be selected.

The AI research paper themed “Adviser: AI-Driven Vaccination Intervention Optimiser for Increasing Vaccine Uptake in Nigeria” is based on an integer linear program that seeks to maximise the cumulative probability of successful vaccination. That is, the program would help to fast-track successful vaccination in its city of choice.

According to HelpMum, the approach when deployed in the largest city in Nigeria, Ibadan, would be the first deployment of an AI-driven vaccination uptake program in the country and, hopefully, pave the way for other data-driven programs to improve health outcomes in Nigeria and across Africa.

Through this research work, we have shown that the proposed approach outperforms baseline methods in terms of vaccination uptake through experimental evaluation.

Dr. Abiodun Aderemi, CEO HelpMum

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The HelpMum Research was launched in January 2021 as part of the broad product and services at HelpMum having an objective to design and manage “how best” data-driven approach and artificial intelligence can be used to build new innovations in the maternal and infant healthcare space for Nigeria and later across Africa.

Since launching in January 2019, HelpMum has embarked on several projects directed toward improving maternal and infant mortality. Through its provision of safe delivery kits and timely information to pregnant mothers, especially in rural areas, it has aided child delivery and infant health.

Related also: Nigerian health-tech startup HelpMum wins $50,000 at the 2021 Waislitz Global Citizen Award

Situated in the largest city in Nigeria, Ibadan, the digital social enterprise earlier emerged winner of the Facebook community accelerator program and in 2021, won $50,000 at the Waislitz Global Citizen award.

Kindly find the link to the AI research paper through this link.

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