Using Geographic Information Systems to Meet Global Health Challenges

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Author(s): Cunningham M

Year: 2015

Using Geographic Information Systems to Meet Global Health Challenges Abstract:

Recent years have seen tremendous growth in interest in geographic information system (GIS) technology. These systems manage data, facilitate analysis, and generate effective information products that can support decision making. Considerable investment in health systems has increased the availability of reliable data, making GIS well suited to support global health and development activities.

At its most effective, GIS is a tool employed in pursuit of a larger objective, such as improving response to disease outbreaks, increasing access to treatment, or reducing maternal mortality. It enhances the ability of program managers to distribute services efficiently and equitably. As a supporting tool, its value may be overlooked if attention is limited to service delivery and health outcomes.

This document presents specific examples of how GIS has served programs associated with key global health and development priorities. It is intended for program managers, technical specialists, and decision makers.

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