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Support South Africa’s Scientists on the Frontline  #UKZNCovid19

Support South Africa’s Scientists on the Frontline #UKZNCovid19

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The countries which have had some of the best responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore and South Korea, have closely followed scientific advice. KRISP and the Big Data Flagship Program of UKZN have put together a team of world-renowned scientists, mathematicians and infectious diseases specialists to analyse South African data in real-time. Our government has already used our results to show that South Africa is flattening the curve. We need your support to ensure that we can keep producing high-level scientific information to guide our national response.

Our graphs are being used by the Health Minister and the Chief Scientific Officer of South Africa’s COVID-19 response team to show the effect of lockdown on flattening the curve of the epidemic (YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7QJ5cHSREM).

We appeal to funders, philanthropists and the community at large to help us continue providing free, open and independent analytical services to the decision makers guiding us through this pandemic. Independent analysis of data by well-respected and competent mathematicians and scientists is key to guide our governments’ response and to keep the public well informed.

The funding will allow us to expand our analysis to include:

  • The epidemiological curve and the effects of the lockdown and other government interventions
  • Application of artificial intelligence to model and predict the number of hospital beds and ventilators needed
  • Characterization of outbreaks in health care facilities, transport hubs, prisons, etc.
  • Trend analysis of COVID-19 cases across provinces, cities and sub-districts
  • The analysis of viral genomic data to understand localized transmission
  • Other analysis deemed necessary by the public health response

The research consortium currently comprises more than 20 researchers, including computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, bioinformaticians, infectious diseases clinicians, theoretical physicists and quantum computing scientists. The consortium is led by two internationally respected professors in the field of data science and genomic analysis.

Prof. Tulio de Oliveira was trained at Oxford University and was a U.K. Royal Society Fellow at the Sanger Institute in Cambridge. He is currently a Professor at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at UKZN, an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington and the Director of the KZN Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP).

Prof. Francesco Petruccione was trained in theoretical physics at the University of Freiburg (Germany). He is currently the South African Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing and Communication and the interim Director of the National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Science. As Pro Vice-Chancellor Big Data and Informatics he coordinates the “big data” initiatives of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

This campaign is driven by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Foundation which is the fundraising arm of the University.  As an NPO and PBO, the Foundation can provide donors with Section 18A tax exemption certificates for the full value of your donation.  All donors and the greater public will be kept informed of the utilization of donor funds in this fight against the virus.  Together we can make a difference.

Donations

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the great work" - Pravesh

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the great work" - Pravesh

  • May 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the great work" - Pravesh

  • May 12, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Great work

    " - Doras

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the great work" - Pravesh

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 112.00
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    May God bless all those who give, not only with their finances but in any humane way.

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 24, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Only together we can make a difference " - Marcin

  • Apr 24, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Together we can " - Nombeko

  • Apr 24, 2020 - R 1 012.00
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    Thank you for phenomenal contributions

    " - Bilkish Cassim

  • Apr 24, 2020 - R 1 500.00
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    'Intelligence guided by kindness is the highest wisdom. ..'

    " - Seva

  • Apr 24, 2020 - USD $ 211.00
  • "Great work!" - Julian & Jacqui

  • Apr 23, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Thank you and good luck!" - Kameel Premhid

  • Apr 23, 2020 - USD $ 28.04
  • "wonderful work Kris...continue" - Maria Joao

  • Apr 23, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the great work" - Pravesh

  • Apr 23, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "Keep up the great work" - Avinash

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 211.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Volker

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 21.06
  • "For Peace, Justice and Liberty" - JEAN LAVAL CHUE HIM

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 21.06
  • "Soldier on! We are to be maybe the last ones" - JEAN LAVAL CHUE HIM

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 10 500.00
  • "On behalf Alums from the graduation of 1989" - Pablo Naicker

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Promolab Pty Ltd - Separations donation" - Separations - Promolab Pty Ltd

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "So grateful for the work you are doing. Keep it up!" - Jane

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 150.00
  • "

    Your undivided effort is highly appreciated.

    " - Sipho Dikweni

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Best wishes for your work during "Life in the Time of Corona". You will prove how technology, Big Data and the Fourth Industrial Revolution is needed to help mankind. " - Rene Kotze

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 62.43
  • "Great work" - Graeme Pleasance

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 245.18
  • "Information is power. Keep striving KRISP!" - Paul

  • Apr 19, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Yes, we can " - FernandoBeatriz

  • Apr 19, 2020 - USD $ 56.26
  • "Better evidence, for better decision." - Francesco Petruccione

  • Apr 19, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "Thank you for the work you do! " - Nikki

  • Apr 19, 2020 - R 157.50
  • "God bless you " - Danielle

  • Apr 19, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Congratulations to this incredible team for their dedication and enthusiasm! " - Astrid

  • Apr 19, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Good job KRISP!" - Lavanya

  • Apr 19, 2020 - USD $ 11.26
  • "Great work!" - Barbara

  • Apr 19, 2020 - R 525.00
  • " ." - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "A small contribution to a big effort; so proud of our researchers and country's leadership" - Suzette Grobler

  • Apr 17, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Grateful for your hard work and perseverance" - Tayuka Criyan

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Ubuntu mabande , we can overcome anything " - Nonhlanhla Maphumulo

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Together we will conquer this virus" - Anesh

  • Apr 12, 2020 - USD $ 55.34
  • "Go KRISP, great work " - Tulio De Oliveira

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