COVID IMPACT: From risk to rEcovery

Fraym data is helping solve challenges at all stages of the pandemic.



The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a century crisis that has disrupted entire economies and deepened societal inequalities, with particularly disproportionate impacts on women and girls.  The global community now has a momentous opportunity to launch a recovery that supports gender-intentional programs leading to broad-based growth and societal change.

Fraym has completed one of the largest gender-disaggregated and spatially enabled studies of the pandemic focused on developing economies. The six reports and a summary are publicly available and designed to contribute to a gender-transformative global COVID-19 recovery plan. These studies were funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Meeting the challenge

Where are the most at risk?

Within a few days, Fraym produced a number of critical datasets for a dozen countries that located and quantified at-risk populations to COVID-19. These datasets included indicators such as multigenerational households, health related risks such as obesity, and access to soap or water in the home. These datasets were put in the hands of frontline responders, decision makers, and integrated into public dashboards such as the Ghana COVID-19 Hub.

Identifying multidimensional risk

In Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria, Fraym worked with leading epidemiologists to develop population profiles that measured various COVID-19-related risk across five themes:

  • Exposure
  • Comorbidities
  • Health Facility Access
  • Communication Access
  • Socioeconomic Vulnerability

The impact of lockdowns

In Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria, Fraym measured the impact of COVID-19 risk mitigation decisions such as school closures. Fraym identified highly vulnerable areas and then estimated how many youth were at risk of losing educational access in each location. According to Fraym data, more than 3,000 schools and 3.1 million students were at-risk of losing access to education due to the pandemic in Nigeria alone.

Targeting Response Resources

In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and FCDO-funded COVIDaction, Fraym is supporting the rollout of country COVID-19 vaccination plans. So far, Fraym has developed Equitable Vaccine Allocation Models in Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, and Pakistan. These models calculate and map individuals most vulnerable to COVID-19 and least likely to receive a vaccine within priority groups for each phase of a country’s national vaccination plan. Data is accessible through the dataFraym® GIS platform and integrated into existing government systems.