Socioeconomics of Ebola

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Lead Mentor:  Paolo Bocchini

Additional Mentor: Javier Buceta

 

Sierra Leone was one of the countries more affected by the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, and only in 2016 did the WHO declare the country Ebola-free. Still, the problem is latent in a region that is under the risk of a new outbreak due to the lack of advanced health infrastructures and different social and cultural factors (e.g. burial rituals, bushmeat markets…). In this project, the final goal is to develop and implement a cellphone app that doctors can use to register socioeconomic factors and habits of Ebola patients.