Improving the way we live with data and analytics

Sourav Dasgupta, a senior data discovery and visualisation consultant with Analytics8, recently spent a week in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, advising one of our clients on how to use data and analytics to improve the lives of others.


Our client aims to deliver better and sustainable development outcomes for the people of Papua New Guinea. They work nationally and provincially with government, donors, the private sector, churches and non-government organisations, in partnership, to maximise and leverage resources to achieve systemic and sustainable change.

The Foundation works with government partners to tackle the highest priority health challenges, such as the growing threat of tuberculosis (TB), immunisation of children (including polio), supervised deliveries, and unsustainable population growth. They have worked with donor partners including the Australian Government, UNICEF, WHO and Marie Stopes International.

Most notably, they provide health facilities which are located in some of the most remote parts of the world, and work to ensure every adult and child has access to an effective health service; and women are empowered to live productive and violence free lives.

Data and analytics is helping them go even further and be more effective.


The organisation has a data sharing agreement with the National Department of Health, and that allows them to provision public health data from all supported health facilities and outreach patrols.

Some of their main goals include supporting Provincial Health Authorities to use this data to manage disease outbreaks, demonstrate accountability, and predict resource needs.

They also collect data on a range of program areas including in family and sexual violence from libraries, educational centres and partners. They use this data to not only understand trends and assess progress but also to attract additional resources from partners.

Our client is using both Microsoft and Tableau to enable them to collect and study their data. Our role is to assist them both as an advisor and in delivery.

I am proud to be helping these guys achieve their goals and being part of something that is making a change ~ Sourav Dasgupta. 

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