The Capacity Building on the Use of Geospatial Data and Technologies for Immunization Planning and Health System Strengthening was held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 12-16 March 2018. This training workshop was made possible through the collaboration of the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) of Myanmar, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Gavi, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Health GeoLab Collaborative (HGLC).

 

The training workshop aimed to:

  • Inform the decision making process in Health System Planning for example health facility allocation and expansion
  • Improve the use of geospatial data and technologies to support health system strengthening
  • Strengthen the Region/State level capacity regarding the maintenance and update of the health facilities and Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) communities master lists
  • Strengthen the technical capacity of the Myanmar EPI program when it come to the use of geospatial data and technologies for micro-planning of immunization delivery

The participants of the training consisted of the Region/State MOHS staff that would be supporting the creation of the microplanning maps, the regular update of the health facilities and villages master list, and the production thematic maps for the Region/State MOHS office and managers that would oversee the management and use of data at the Region/State level.

At the end of the training, the participants gained knowledge/skills on:

  • Basic concepts behind the geospatial data management process, health facility master list, and the making of a good thematic map
  • Proper data collection process
  • Production of thematic maps in support of the immunization microplanning process
  • Use of thematic maps for decision-making , supervision, and evaluation of the immunization microplanning process

We would like to acknowledge all the collaborators for allowing us to share these training materials.

 

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a Welcome & Opening, objectives of the training, round of introduction and expectation from the participants, agenda a
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a Session 1: Introduction to the use of geospatial data and technologies in public health a
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a The Geography of Universal Health Coverage a
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Building Capacity for Geo-Enabling Health Information Systems: Supporting Equitable Health Services and Well-Being for All
a Session 2: The microplanning process followed in Myanmar a
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a Microplanning for immunization service delivery using the Reaching Every District (RED) strategy
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Microplanning for reaching every community a
a Session 3: How geospatial data and technologies could support the current process a
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a Guidance on the Use of Geospatial Data and Technologies in Immunization Programs: Overview and Managerial Considerations for In-Country Strengthening a
a Session 4: The process behind making a good thematic map a
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a HGLC Guidance document volume 2.6.1:  Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software
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HGLC Guidance document volume 2.1: Documenting the process and defining the data a
a Session 5: Making a good thematic map – Defining and compiling good geospatial data a
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a HGLC Guidance document volume 2.2 Defining the vocabulary, the data set specifications and the ground reference
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HGLC Guidance document volume 2.3 Compiling existing data and identifying gaps
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Geospatial data specifications for Myanmar a
a Session 6: Making a good thematic map – Extracting or collecting geospatial data a
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a HGLC Guidance document volume 2.4.2: Collecting data in the field a
a Exercise 1: Using an Android phone and GPS essentials to collect geographic coordinates in the field a
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a Session 7: Explanation of the QGIS installation process a
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QGIS website
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a QGIS download a
a Session 8: Introduction to the concept of master list and common geo-registry a
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a HIS geo-enabling: Guidance on the establishment of a common geo-registry for the simultaneous hosting, maintenance, update and sharing of master lists core to public health a
a Session 9: The health facilities and EPI communities master list for Myanmar a
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a Executive Summary: Core Geo-registries for Health Information Exchanges Design Workshop
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The Signature Domain and Geographic Coordinates: A Standardized Approach for Uniquely Identifying a Health Facility
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Using Myanmar Language in GIS Datasets a
a Session 10: Updating mechanism for the health facility and EPI communities master lists and role of the Regions/States a
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a Session 11: Preparing the data for its use in a GIS software a
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a Exercise 2: Preparing the EPI program statistical data for the microplanning process a
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a Session 12: Finishing the installation of QGIS 3.0 and presentation of its interface and functionalities a
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a Session 13: The components of a good thematic map a
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a HGLC Guidance document volume 2.6.1:  Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software a
a Session 14: Using the QGIS Layout Manager to create a nice layout and save/print your map a
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a HGLC Guidance document volume 2.6.1:  Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software a
a Exercise 3: Preparing the geospatial and geographic data for the Taungdwingyi Township a
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a Exercise 4: Preparing the RHC and SubRHC base microplanning maps a
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a Exercise 5: Using the base microplanning maps at the RHC-level for session planning and supervision a
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a Exercise 6: Answering requests from township to central level during the microplanning plan validation process a
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a Exercise 7: Preparing the Township level Monitoring & evaluation maps for the 6-months and annual review a
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a Session 15: Use of the Township level monitoring & evaluation maps for the 6-months and annual reviews a
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a Session 16: Recap on the role of the state/regions geospatial data manager a
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a Session 17: Expanding the learning from this training to all the States/Regions (Challenges and opportunities) a
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a Session 18: Other important points and additional resources
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a HIS geo-enabling toolkit
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MIMU Manual on Basic QGIS training
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Introduction to QGIS a