COVID-19 Monitoring and Response in Madagascar

Establish a website dashboard ( to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Madagascar
Multiple publication on the dynamics of spread of COVID-19 in SubSaharan Africa and Madagascar
Training of health professionals from Ministry of Health on analysis and visualization of epidemiological data

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has put a hiatus on several research projects (poultry trade network and wildlife biomedical survey) because of travel and fieldwork restrictions. However, the apparent void of research and information on several aspects of the outbreak in Madagascar motivated me to use my epidemiological skills to communicate the evolution of the epidemic in Madagascar and assess its potential burden on the population. First, we built a dashboard ( to collect and summarise the data provided by health authorities in an informative graphical manner. This dashboard is visited by hundreds of people weekly and is frequently referenced in internal reports of national and international health organizations. Second, using the data collated on the dashboard, we use mathematical models and network analysis to understand the implications of human mobility patterns on the spread of the disease in Madagascar and modeled vaccine prioritization strategies at a subnational level. I have also been involved in research to predict the spread of the pandemic in sub saharan Africa. Finally, in collaboration with Malagasy health authorities and public health institutions, we quantified the excess mortality due to a recent outbreak of measles and delineate the prevalence at which the excess mortality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic would be detectable in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

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