COVID-19

May 13, 2021
Physical distancing datasets can help control COVID-19 spread in sub-Saharan Africa’s urban areas

GRID3 has released 50 new datasets that can support countries looking to use nuanced, data-driven approaches to controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus. These data provide information on urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa where population density and the spatial arrangement of buildings may make it difficult to maintain physical distancing (also known as “social distancing”). 

November 9, 2020
Tackling COVID-19 in Nigeria: using population data to model virus spread post-lockdown

The Government of Nigeria collaborated with researchers from the United Kingdom’s University College London (UCL) to study, using GRID3 Nigeria’s gridded population estimates, the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus causing the COVID-19 disease — across Nigeria.

September 22, 2020
Data is high priority for fighting COVID-19 in Namibia

Under the leadership of the Government of Namibia, GRID3 has launched another COVID-19 data hub in sub-Saharan Africa, expanding the access to much needed reliable and timely geospatial data to fight and prevent the global pandemic on the continent.

July 22, 2020
Sierra Leone is fighting smart against COVID-19

Sierra Leone’s government is reacting fast and in innovative ways to ensure the safety of its citizens. Together with Esri, Fraym, GPSDD, Maxar and UNECA, the government produced crucial geospatial datasets, analyses, and tools to support the COVID-19 response in Sierra Leone.

July 1, 2020
GRID3 interactive data visualisation: mapping a path for COVID-19 response

The new GRID3 interactive data visualisation hubs provide a vital, centralised source of high quality geospatial data. They enhance coordination on data production, and encourage closer coordination among the various government bodies that are working on COVID-19 prevention and response.

June 29, 2020
Virtual capacity strengthening during COVID-19

The GRID3 Training Team has been working full speed to develop an online Learning Management System (LMS) that will make it possible to train hundreds of data experts during a time in which COVID-19 makes in-person interaction impossible. Now the platform is ready and being implemented in various of the GRID3 countries.

June 24, 2020
Taking on COVID-19 with data: Nigeria’s government collaborates with GRID3 on response and …

The quick and effective reaction of the Government of Nigeria is underpinned by a National COVID-19 Multi-Sectoral Pandemic Response Plan. GRID3 Nigeria has been working closely with the Presidential Task Force to swiftly support the government’s efforts and integrate geospatial data solutions into their plans.

April 17, 2020
African governments utilise GRID3 data in response to COVID-19

As the outbreak of the new coronavirus begins to extend into sub-Saharan Africa, GRID3 is marshalling its data resources and capacities to help partner governments plan rapid, effective responses.

April 17, 2020
Mapping settlement extents to support COVID-19 response efforts

Using building footprint data extracted from Ecopia Landbase Africa powered by Maxar, GRID3 has prioritised mapping extents for several dozen more African countries over the next two months.

April 17, 2020
GRID3 Webinars: Ready for the shift

GRID3 has recently launched a webinar series in which GRID3 experts break down technical details about our work in a user-friendly and easily understandable manner.