The Health GeoLab Hub was established in the MORU Epidemiology Department as a regional resource supporting countries in Asia and the Pacific with the geo-enablement of their Health Information Systems (HIS).
Through the assistance being provided by the Health GeoLab Hub, the health sector benefits from a more effective management and use of geospatial data and technologies to support geographically based decision-making across health programs and employs a more systemic approach to solving public health problems and therefore achieving the health SDG.
The Health GeoLab Hub is focusing its activities on the following three main areas of work: 1. In-country research, technical assistance and M&E; 2. Engagement, knowledge sharing, and transfer; 3. Training and capacity development.
The Health GeoLab implements projects and/or conducts activities aligned with the HIS geo-enabling framework.
The HIS geo-enabling framework is composed of nine (9) elements that need to be in place for a Health Information System (HIS) to be considered as geo-enabled.
The Health Geolab Hub is concentrating its efforts on 32 low- and middle-income countries in Asia and the Pacific.