This Pinoy-Made Dengue Forecasting Map Won at NASA's International Competition

The map locates possible hotspots of the disease.

(SPOT.ph) Looks like research wins yet again. A Pinoy-made dengue case predictor mapping system won at the 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration's International Space Apps ChallengeAEDES Project—a forecasting system that pinpoints likely areas where dengue cases may rise developed by Pinoy—was awarded for Best Use of Data, beating around 29,000 projects from 71 countries. It was singled out for being the "solution that best makes space data accessible, or leverages it to a unique application," according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

AEDES—which stands for Advanced Early Dengue Prediction and Exploration Service—uses data from satellites, the Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration and even trends from the Google search engine to predict where a probable rise in dengue cases may happen. At the core of it, satellite data helps the system find areas where stagnant water may be—the perfect breeding ground for Aedes aegypti female mosquitoes, carriers of the disease. The online portal can be accessed freely. 

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The forecasting map is meant to help authorities prepare and perhaps even prevent possible spikes in the number of dengue cases. Dengue is a constant problem in the Philippines; In 2019, our country was the hardest hit when an epidemic swept through Southeast Asia. Around 271,480 cases were reported and 1,107 resulting deaths from January to August 2019 alone. 

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The AEDES team from left to right: Mark Toledo, Frances Claire Tayco, Jansen Dumaliang Lopez, and Dominic Vincent D. Ligot.
PHOTO Courtesy of NASA Space Apps Challenge

As an answer to this problem, AEDES was created by a team of Pinoy developers from data analytics company CirroLytix: Dominic Vincent D. Ligot, Mark Toledo, Frances Claire Tayco, and Jansen Dumaliang Lopez.

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The AEDES website currently covers Quezon City, Tacloban City, Iloilo City, and Cotabato City but the team hopes to be get enough funding to make the system reach nationwide. It would also be useful for other countries that have mosquito-borne diseases like Zika or Malaria.

Check out the AEDES Project's website here.

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