Geographic Resources

Links to useful geographic resources.

Tools

Excel to Google Earth (E2G tool)

A tool developed to map administrative region data stored in Excel spreadsheets without the need for a geographic information system (GIS).

Global Positioning Toolkit

Provides an overview of the use of the global positioning system (GPS) receiver as a vital tool for obtaining information about location.

Publications

An Overview of Spatial Data Protocols for Family Planning Activities: Why and How to Include the “Where” in Your Data

This guide focuses on data and how to use geography to facilitate linkages among data. It presents an overview of the ways to structure family planning data to take maximum advantage of existing geographic data, or to facilitate future inclusion of the geographic context of data being gathered.

An Overview of Spatial Data Protocols for HIV/AIDS Activities: Why and How to Include the “Where” in Your Data

This guide focuses on data and how to use geography to facilitate linkages among data. It presents an overview of the ways to structure HIV activities data to take maximum advantage of existing geographic data, or to facilitate future inclusion of the geographic context of data being gathered.

Overview of Issues Concerning Confidentiality and Spatial Data

The MEASURE GIS working group presents the current literature on the topic of confidentiality and spatial data. It is intended to provide guidance on the issue.

Enlisting National Mapping Agencies in the Fight against HIV/AIDS: Building Partnerships with Ministries of Health and Social Services, and National AIDS Commissions

Representatives of government health and mapping agencies from throughout Africa met in April 2009 and committed to working jointly to combat HIV/AIDS through better mapping of health data. Attendees from 29 African countries produced a ranking of the major issues affecting mapping of health data and articulated resolutions for consideration.

Holding a National Health and Mapping Summit to Build Partnerships for Improving Health Outcomes: Lessons Learned from the Nigeria Health and Mapping Summit of 2011

This document outlines the key steps for planning and holding the Nigeria Health and Mapping Summit of 2011, held in Abuja, Nigeria.

Nigeria Health and Mapping Summit 2011: Enlisting National Mapping Agencies in Improving Health Outcomes

This report is a summary of the Nigeria Health and Mapping Summit 2011, which brought together government representatives from the health and mapping sectors to harmonize national efforts to improve health outcomes through more effective leveraging of the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure.

Online Course

Geographic Approaches to Global Health

Through this course, learners will gain an understanding of how to use spatial data to enhance the decision-making process for health program implementation in limited resource settings.