Eradicating Tuberculosis in India with the Help of Airtel Data

Observed Personal Data Health


The Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel and Be He@lthy, Be Mobile shared aggregated and anonymized mobile network data with the World Health Organization in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. By analyzing this data for population movements, the parties gained new geographical insights on the locations at risk of tuberculosis incidence. This work aided intervention efforts meant to eradicate the disease. As a subsequent press release described it: "The scale, granularity and immediacy of mobile data enabled the identification of areas that have low TB incidence rates, but are highly connected to areas with high TB incidence. Statistical analysis showed that regular population movement is a stronger indicator of TB incidence than location proximity between high and low TB regions."

Region: South Asia

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