This training workshop was made possible through the collaboration of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Health GeoLab Collaborative (HGLC), Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM), Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), and Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN).

The objectives of the training workshop was to strengthen Malaria programs’ technical skills and practices to manage and use geospatial data and technologies. More specifically, it aimed to:

  • Clarify the concepts and the process behind the making of a good thematic map including use of data from other sources
  • Train participants on the use of open-source software (QGIS and GeoODK) to collect data and produce thematic maps
  • Guide National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) towards geo-enabling their information system to support Malaria elimination

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

 

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Activity and Description Slide presentation Reference materials Exercise data
a Welcome & Opening, objectives of the training, round of introduction, and expectation from the participants, agenda a
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a Session 1: Country presentation on current use of geospatial data and technologies for Malaria Elimination and/or other communicable diseases in each country based on the HIS geo-enabling assessment form a
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a Session 2: The geographic dimension of communicable disease surveillance a
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a WHO Communicable disease surveillance and response systems – Guide to monitoring and evaluating
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WHO Malaria Surveillance Monitoring and Evaluation: A reference Manual a
a Session 3: Understanding the values 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 4: The process behind making a good thematic map – introduction 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
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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 Session 5: Making a good thematic map – 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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HGLC Guidance document volume 2.5.1 Documenting the data using a metadata profile 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 Session 7: Preparation of the equipment and questionnaire that will be used during the second day a
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Pre-exercise maps
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a GPS Essentials – Installation Guide and SOP
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Use of mobile technology‑based participatory mapping approaches to geolocate health facility attendees for disease surveillance in low resource settings
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GeoODK SOP and questionnaire a
a Exercise 1: Using an Android phone and GPS essentials to collect geographic coordinates in the field a
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a Exercise 2: Use GeoODK to conduct a geo-located survey in the field a
a GeoODK website a
a Session 8: Preparing the data for its use in a GIS software a
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a Exercise 3: Preparing the statistical data for its use in a GIS software a
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a Session 9: Installing QGIS 3.4 a
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a QGIS website
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a QGIS installer download a
a Session 10: Introduction to QGIS (interface, main functionalities) a
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a The Geography of Universal Health Coverage a
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QGIS interface and main functionalities
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QGIS website
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QGIS reference materials
a Exercise 4: Preparing the geospatial data for its use in QGIS a
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a Exercise 5: Creating individual thematic maps using QGIS and presentation of the thematic maps that have been created a
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a HGLC Guidance document volume 2.6.1:  Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software a
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a Session 11: How to geo-enable your Malaria Information System? a
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a WHO Disease Surveillance for Malaria Elimination – An Operational Manual a
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WHO Malaria Surveillance Monitoring and Evaluation: A reference Manual
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HIS geo-enabling toolkit
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Guidance on the Use of Geospatial Data and Technologies in Immunization Programs: Overview and Managerial Considerations for In-Country Strengthening
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Building Capacity for Geo-Enabling Health Information Systems: Supporting Equitable Health Services and Well-Being for All
a Session 12: Guided discussion on the implementation of the HIS geo-enabling framework in countries a
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a Session 13: Way forward for country programs a
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a Session 14: Other important points and additional resources a
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a HGLC Guidance document volume 2.5.1 Documenting the data using a metadata profile
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QGIS reference materials a