Enlisting National Mapping Agencies in the Fight against HIV/AIDS: Building Partnerships with Ministries of Health and Social Services, and National AIDS Commissions
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In a first of its kind meeting, representatives of government health and mapping agencies from throughout Africa met and committed to working jointly to combat HIV/AIDS through better mapping of health data. The workshop, which drew participants from 29 African countries, sought to initiate a pan-African community of health mapping practices and resulted in heightened
awareness among participants of the need to collaborate in the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as the spoken desire of many of the participants to increase cooperation. More tangibly, groups produced a ranking of the major issues affecting mapping of health data and articulated resolutions for consideration.The workshop, held April 27, 2009, at the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was organized by MEASURE Evaluation with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Co-sponsoring the workshop with MEASURE Evaluation was the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
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