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Crowdsourced data can map a health trend.
Community-driven data ecosystems can transform health outcomes.


Climate Change & Health

The global digital health market is projected to grow to $456.9 billion by 2026, with a significant portion of this investment aimed at enhancing healthcare efficiency. However, in low-income communities, the most cost-effective health strategies often take place outside of traditional clinical settings.

A critical area of concern is food security. The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with global disruptions to food supply chains, has exacerbated food insecurity issues. Moreover, climate change is affecting not only the quantity but also the quality of food available to communities that are chronically food insecure. This situation is particularly alarming as it has profound implications for non-communicable disease transitions in low and middle-income countries, signaling a major public health challenge.


Digital Community Storytelling

Individual digital storytelling can be a powerful advocacy vehicle. But digital community storytelling enables local community actors to actionably breakdown complex climate dynamics influencing health & food insecurity between and among neighborhoods and different socio-economic dynamics. 



Hybrid Digital Literacy 

An integrated approach to food security and digital literacy with women, this provides a novel strategy to actively engage women who are not traditional mobile phone owners and who are increasingly being left behind in spite of mainstream digital inclusion efforts targeting women. A critical element of this hybrid approach is removing the need for individual or household mobile phone ownership.


EpiNu Photovoice enables severely food insecure women to share their lived experiences with climate change impacts on health and food insecurity via digital images and storytelling.

In this project, DHDI collaborates closely with lead Uvira-based partner, CEAFPD, to support development of ethical guardrails and ecosystems for a micro-data collective related to climate health image data coordination and governance.  

Designed to also provide ethical data generation for training AI models that explicitly benefit communities in extreme poverty, EpiNu Photovoice partners are actively working with academic collaborators to explore image-based AI strategies for climate health mitigation in the Uvira area.

EpiNu © 2024 by Digital Health Disparities Initiative is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

The EpiNu and EpiNu Photovoice model was sandboxed with communities of food and economically insecure women in South Asia and the Middle East (2021-2022), before formative research and deployment of EpiNu Photovoice in DR Congo starting in 2023. 

EpiNu Photovoice- 
South Kivu, DR Congo

" ...previously some of us had not yet used or touched a smartphone, we were afraid-- thinking that technology was not made for everyone and even more so for us illiterates, but this project familiarizes us with this (digital) world."

 EpiNu Photovoice Participant

Uvira, DR Congo

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What Sets Us Apart

We take innovation very seriously.

Part of that is making sure we maintain programmatic and technical independence. This severely limits where we seek funding from. Over 85% of DHDI funding goes directly to supporting local collaborator's time and effort costs during proof of concept investigations and model development. We rely on donations from individuals to support this work. Please help support the EpiNu Photovoice DR Congo collaborators! 

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