Intelligent symptom assessment, next steps recommendations, surveillance, and digital follow-up for COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases
The COVID-19 Africa Response System (CARS) is a digital system that provides automatic symptom assessment, next steps recommendations, monitoring by health authorities, and digital follow-up care for COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.
What is the need are you focusing on?
The COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the WHO in March 2020 and poses a serious public health risk. The response by African governments to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 has been strong and varied. These responses are vital; African countries often face significant and unique challenges that could increase the overall impact of the disease. Chief among those challenges is the potential strain on the already-fragmented healthcare system since a large number of people will likely need medical attention at the same time. In locations with limited resources, the ability to handle a sudden influx of patients could be detrimental to successfully curbing the epidemic. In addition, it has been pointed out that the number of confirmed cases in Africa is still low due to a lack of testing of suspected cases for COVID-19. Regardless of testing capacity, we need to be able to identify patients who are likely positive for the virus and recommend the appropriate course of action.