Seminar Highlights Community Mapping
A daylong seminar highlighted innovations in community mapping programs that MEASURE Evaluation and its partners are carrying out across the globe. Colleagues gathered in Washington, DC, in July 2012 to discuss their projects, which included a community engagement mapping initiative in Indonesia and using the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) method in Tanzania.
Yohana Mapala, a geographic information systems (GIS) advisor with MEASURE Evaluation in Tanzania, described how the PLACE method was used in the country’s Iringa region in 2010 and 2011. The project was implemented in 69 villages.
MEASURE Evaluation partners have used the PLACE method in more than 20 countries. Developed by MEASURE Evaluation, PLACE is a system for pinpointing geographic areas where HIV transmission rates are likely to be high, allowing program managers to target their limited resources more effectively. Trained data collectors interview community informants, such as village leaders or bar owners, who help identify these locations. In Tanzania, the information was used to create a database and maps.
The Iringa survey results provided insight into some of the behaviors that should be targeted among the high-risk populations at such sites as truck stops, plantations, mines, and fishing camps. One of these behaviors reflected the limited condom availability in some remote villages. “One of the interesting findings is some people in the villages will share the condoms,” says Zaddy Kibao of MEASURE Evaluation. “After they use [the condom], they’ll wash it and pass it on.” To be effective, a condom should be used only once.
To view presentation slides from the workshop, please visit http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/our-work/gis/mapping-community-based-global-health-programs-workshop-july-2012.