Nigeria Health and Mapping Summit 2011 Summary

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

Enlisting National Mapping Agencies in Improving Health Outcomes

Abuja, Nigeria  October 18-19, 2011


In October of 2011, the Federal Government of Nigeria (including the HIV Division of the Department of Public Health of the Federal Ministry of Health, National Population Commission [NPopC], Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation [OSGOF], and National Space Research and Development Agency [NASRDA]), collaborated with MEASURE Evaluation (with assistance from USAID and PEPFAR) to organize this conference in Abuja. The conference marked the first time in Africa that government representatives from the health and mapping sectors have met at the country level to harmonize efforts to improve health outcomes through more effective leveraging of the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure (NGDI). This represented a continuation of the collaboration that was launched in April 2009 at the CODIST pre-conference workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The conference drew 120 participants from the health and mapping sectors, including implementing partners, training institutions, the National Planning Commission, and media.

Meeting Objectives

  • Facilitate cooperation between Nigeria’s health and mapping sectors in the fight against HIV/AIDS and related health and social service challenges
  • Increase awareness and sharing of geospatial resources within Nigeria to enhance decision making for health sector programs
  • Identify challenges to development of the NGDI and create an action plan to help address them
  • Provide a model for other countries to follow

Summit Overview

Keynote Address

Delivered by Professor Robert Ajayi Boroffice, a leading figure in space science and technology and distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

Geospatial Resource Sharing and National Spatial Data Infrastructure Development within the Context of the Nation’s Transformation Agenda


Group Work

Group worksheet, facilitator instructions, and geospatial questionnaire


  • Identification of the main issues affecting Nigeria’s ability to improve health outcomes by coordinating various efforts in the health and NGDI sectors.
  • Drafting of a Summit Communique that would be presented to the executive and legislative arms of the government, as well as relevant stakeholders (e.g., donors and ministerial agencies), with the intent of improving the NGDI needed to combat HIV/AIDS and related health and social service challenges.
  • Documentation of the Nigeria Summit Planning Process to provide the foundation for development of a template that can be used by other countries.” This will obviate the need for the Summit Information section


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