Using Satellite Imagery For Good: Detecting Communities In Desert and Mapping Vaccination Activities


Government of Punjab has been revamping vaccination program to increase its geographical coverage and to better manage vaccination staff spread across whole Punjab. To analyze the coverage of the vaccination activities especially in the areas far away from the urban centers of the Punjab, we need information about locations and size of communities in those regions. Since this information is not readily available, we have employed deep learning to detect house-like-structures on the freely available low resolution satellite imagery (visible spectrum) of the Cholistan Desert.