Afya is the prototype mobile application for Digital Participatory Surveillance . The system is currently being finalized to combat Acute Respiratory Track Infections, including COVID-19.
It was designed in a collaboration between Pebble Analytics and Mitiga Solutions with inputs from various National Health Institutes. Using a One Health approach, it can be adapted to other diseases in the future. Afya's surveys ask questions about present symptoms, health-seeking behaviors, and lifestyle-related information.
The responses can be compared with and complement data from traditional facility-based surveillance to provide insights on disease outbreaks. It will be available in the Apple and Google stores.