HelpMum, a Nigerian social health tech startup for maternal and child mortality, has received a $250,000 grant from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation to support its deployment of an AI-based Vaccine Response Optimizer – ADVISER, in Nigeria.
HelpMum is the first Nigerian startup to receive the grant so far. The McGovern Foundation has awarded $330 million in grants since its inception.
ADVISER is designed to optimize the vaccine allocation process to improve Nigeria’s immunization coverage rate. The project is based on an integer linear program that seeks to maximize the cumulative probability of successful vaccination.
According to CEO, Dr. Abiodun Adereni, the $250,000 grant will help HelpMum successfully deploy ADVISER in monitoring rural and urban immunization projects across Nigeria and enable it to scale up its focus on improving maternal health and childhood in Africa.
In a phone conversation with Technext, Abiodun also said that the AI solution will be integrated with HelpMum’s existing vaccination tracking tool to improve vaccination outcomes and ensure that more breastfeeding mothers can present their children for vaccination.
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This grant is not the first for Helpmum.
The company was announced as one of only Africans among the four global winners of the 2021 Waislitz Global Citizen Award. the awarding of the prize.
Additionally, HelpMum was one of the winners of the Google Impact Challenge in 2018, which saw the company scoop a $250,000 prize.
Recently, the company had its research paper on improving the existing immunization tracking system in partnership with Vanderbilt University and Google Research India accepted by the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), which is the largest gathering of organizations involved in AI.
A little more about ADVISER
The AI-Driven Vaccine Intervention Optimiser framework was originally developed through HelpMum’s partnership with Vanderbilt University through the Google AI for Social Good program.
The framework, ADVISER, is an AI-powered vaccination intervention optimizer based on an integer linear program that seeks to maximize the cumulative probability of a successful vaccination.
This will be the first deployment of an AI-based vaccination program in Nigeria.
Our optimization formulation is intractable in practice. We present a heuristic approach that allows us to solve the problem for real use cases. We also present theoretical bounds for the heuristic method.
He added that the AI solution aims to identify mothers who have failed to vaccinate their children, as it will use the data and information provided by these mothers during the registration process to optimize their tendencies by default.
About the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation is a global philanthropic organization that crosses the boundaries of artificial intelligence, data science, and social impact to create a prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future for all.
The Foundation’s work aims to bring together scholars, practitioners and civil society to harness the potential of AI and data science to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation grant is another milestone for HelpMum which over the years has received grants from global health system players like Facebook, Google, Global Citizen, United Nations Geneva, World Connect USA , International Youth Foundation and David Weekley Foundation, etc.
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