How vulnerable are households in the Angola/DRC border region to a yellow fever outbreak?
GAINING UNDERSTANDING FOR A PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
The US government needed rapid information on an emerging yellow fever epidemic along the border between Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In June 2016, the World Health Organization announced emergency plans to vaccinate people living within 75-100 km (45-60 miles) of the border, with the objective of preventing the disease from spreading further. The US government needed to quickly assess households’ vulnerabilities to the mosquito-borne virus and understand how best to deliver a public awareness campaign.
Assessment of Data for Estimates
INCLUDING ASSESSMENTS OF DYNAMICS FOR VULNERABLE DEMOGRAPHICS
Bed net coverage
Access to improved sanitation facilities
Fraym first created a custom geographic region encompassing the Angola-DRC border region. Next, we generated reliable estimates for a range of relevant indicators, which closely mapped to disease prevention, socio-economic status, and media consumption. Examples include: bed net coverage, access to improved sanitation facilities, housing quality, and radio ownership and usage patterns. Furthermore, Fraym disaggregated several of these measures to assess dynamics for especially vulnerable demographic groups, such as children under five years of age.