A research proposal by Sri Lanka has been chosen for a project to integrate artificial intelligence in improving maternal and infant health in countries in South Asia.
It has been prepared by the medical faculty of the Colombo University, Family Health Bureau and the IT faculty of the Kelaniya University.
Excepting Sri Lanka, countries in the region have very high maternal and infant mortality rates.
The research involving 2,000 pregnant women in the western province intends to develop and evaluate an AI-aided tool to predict prenatal complications.
A planning workshop in this regard took place in Colombo recently.
The Canada funded IDRC, PHC Global and GTC Foundation are introducing the initiative.
Leading the research are Dr. Kapila Jayaratne, Prof. Vajira Dissanayake and Prof. Chamli Pushpakumara.