Gates Foundation Joins Forces with Xinova to Battle Malaria in Nigeria

By StartUp City | Monday, August 05, 2019

The efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will pave the way for innovative solutions which can mitigate the adversities of malaria ravaging the underdeveloped regions of Nigeria.

FREMONT, CA: Logistics plays a crucial role in the treatment of diseases such as malaria. Even though it does not seem evident in developed countries, one of the critical factors hindering the effective treatment of diseases in developing and underdeveloped regions is the shortage of efficient logistics infrastructure. It is one of the primary factors affecting the accessibility to medical supplies.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced its intention to digitize Nigeria’s supply chain and introduce speed and efficiency into the tracking of malaria supplies. To achieve this, it has collaborated with Xinova, a Seattle-based organization synchronizing the ideas of experts with their customers.

Xinova organized a rapid innovation session to discuss the most effective path toward achieving the goal of the organization. GeekWire also participated in the event, contributing its unique ideas. The team of experts included members from Xinova network and other professionals from supply chain logistics, computer science, business development, and politics.

Leveraging emerging technologies such as machine learning (ML) can significantly enhance the supply chain, empowering it with robust capabilities. It will enable medical logistics organizations to overcome the challenges by granting them the ability to track variables, including unreliable area mapping, availability of resources, and weather conditions.

By utilizing AI algorithms, supply chain organizations in Nigeria can efficiently track patterns in the historical datasets and draw predictive insights. One of the obstacles hindering the supply of drugs is the lack of access to highly accurate maps and poor internet connectivity.

The adoption of emerging technology will enable the Nigerian logistics sector to augment its supply chain capability, thus improving the accessibility to the essential medical supplies. The analytics data can be utilized to efficiently reroute shipments during natural calamities. The incorporation of emerging technology will also promote inventory planning, cost optimization, fraud elimination, and risk reduction.

Malaria is a leading cause of death in Nigeria and accounts for over 26 percent of child mortality. Hence, the Gates Foundation pledged $1 billion through 2023 to fund malaria treatment research and development. The efforts of the Foundation will aid the country in finding new approaches to mitigate the adversity of malaria.

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