Despite increased efforts and the investment of the three spheres of government for the combat of Aedes aegypti, dengue continues to advance in the country. Between January and March 2016, there were 396,000 cases of the disease, 52% more than in the same period in 2015, according to Ministry of Health data. Research carried out by the Department of Public Policy Analysis (FGV/DAPP) proposes the use of drones to increase the efficiency of policies for monitoring and controlling the mosquito carrier.
FGV/DAPP is one of the pioneering institutions in the world in relation to the use of drones to collect and measure data for applied social research. During the first test flights, the unmanned aerial vehicles flew over regions of Rio de Janeiro city with high incidences of dengue, allowing the inspections of large areas and closed properties. The idea emerges as an alternative to more expensive actions, as defended by MP 712/2016, being discussed in the Senate, which authorizes forced entrance into abandoned properties.
In addition to inspection, the drone can be an important resource for qualitative research, since the overflights influence local dynamics and social engagement, attracting the attention of residents and by-passers. People mobilized to contribute voluntarily to the research, indicating mosquito breeding grounds, problems in the area, and the perception of governmental action.
The drone project is one of the first initiatives of DAPP LAB, the innovation group of FGV/DAPP, whose objective is to stimulate the systematic adoption of new technologies by public agents and to stimulate dialogue between the public, productive, and academic sectors in Brazil. Soon you can accompany all the news about DAPP LAB.
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