Nigeria’s maternal and infant mortality social health-tech startup, HelpMum, has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the United States’ Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. The grant is to support the deployment of an AI-Driven Vaccine Intervention Optimiser – ADVISER, in Nigeria.
The company said the $250,000 grant will enable it to deploy the AI solution to achieve and ensure optimal vaccination of infants across Nigeria and also scale up its goal of improving maternal and infant health across Africa. The grant also makes HelpMum the first Nigerian startup to receive grant funding and partnership with the Mcgovern Foundation, which has awarded $330 million in grants since its inception.
ADVISER is an AI framework designed to optimize intervention allocation to improve Nigeria’s immunization rates. The vaccination intervention optimizer is based on an integer linear program that seeks to maximize the cumulative probability of successful vaccination.