I think India is still a sleeping giant and we might encounter a large number of cases in the next few weeks. (Better be prepared than late)
Given how India is placed in the world (counting for 1/5th of the world population), it will be helpful to map the number of people to the nearest healthcare facilities available.
What do I mean by healthcare facilities data?
- Hospital Coordinates
- Number of beds
- Number of Isolation wards
- Number of doctors
- Number of nurses
- Number of ICUs
I searched for a while & came across this dataset from data.gov.in. This has all the required columns but values are empty, we would need something very similar to this but more complete.
OSM worked on a similar initiative & it is detailed here. (need to evaluate the output of the process)
In India, the population is mostly clustered in big cities & as we proceed towards lockdown, people start moving back to their roots, this will increase the chances of spread and 2nd/3rd tier cities have to be better prepared for this. There is some research by worldpop.org on mapping population movement & connectivity using cellphone data.
What needs to be done?
- Populate the healthcare sheet using crowdsource or other innovative approaches (Satellite Imagery of hospitals from geo coordinates & then estimate the capacity based on the size of the building)
- Understanding the current population distribution & how they are migrating because of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Helping govt. authorities to better plan out the strategy in their areas based on the curated datasets
Possible next steps
- Look at the population distribution data in India. Sources: CIESIN, WorldPop
- Understand the population movement using the techniques mentioned above
- Populate the sheet provided by NIN
I would like to hear how this can be achieved effectively form this community.