Fraym has committed to make its local population data available to those combating the spread of coronavirus in Africa and around the world. The Phase I COVID Package locations include Guatemala, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.
Fraym has also developed a risk profile of the population most at-risk to severe complications if they contract COVID-19 based on some of the early reporting from the most affected countries. The model was applied to Nigeria where health officials continue to announce new cases despite a strong early federal response.
The model was drawn on three components that have been shown or expected to increase the risk of respiratory disease: people over age 60, regular smokers, and those who use dirty cooking fuel in their houses. Each component reflects individuals who live in households with the above attributes.
The result is a hyper-local heatmap of people most highly at-risk for life-threatening complications of COVID-19. In Nigeria, Fraym found that the LGAs of Ushongo, Vandeikya, and Konshisha in Benue state had one of the highest percentages of at-risk populations. Here, 11% of people, or around 100,000 residents, live in a household that fits the at-risk profile.