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The Introduction to the Management and Use of Geospatial Data and Technologies for Malaria Programs training is a 4-part APMEN online training series held between the 17th-26th October 2022. The training was a collaboration between the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) and Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) and its Health GeoLab Group. The video recordings of the sessions are available upon request.

The objectives of the training workshop were to strengthen National Malaria Programs’ technical skills and practices to manage and use geospatial data and technologies. More specifically, the training 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) to produce thematic maps
  • Guide NMCPs towards geo-enabling their information system to support Malaria elimination

We would like to thank APMEN for allowing us to share these 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: Country introduction and presentation on current use of geospatial data and technologies for malaria elimination and/or other communicable diseases in each country a
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a Session 2: The geographic dimension of malaria surveillance and response 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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Implementation Support Guide: Development of a National Georeferenced Community Health Worker Master List Hosted in a Registry
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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 (Version 2)
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
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Implementation Support Guide: Development of a National Georeferenced Community Health Worker Master List Hosted in a Registry
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Department of Health of the Philippines: DOH GIS/GPS Guidelines and Standards (2014)
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Ministry of Health, Cambodia, Department of Planning and Health Information (DPHI): HIS geo-enabling – Geospatial data management guideline (2018)
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Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar, Department of Public Health (DOPH): HIS geo-enabling – Geospatial data management guideline (2018)
a Session 6: Making a good thematic map – Extracting or collecting geospatial data a
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a HGLC Guidance document volume 2.4.1: Extracting vector format geospatial data from basemaps a
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HGLC Guidance document volume 2.4.2: Collecting data in the field
a Session 7: Preparing the data for use in GIS software a
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a Exercise 1: Preparing the statistical data for its use in GIS software a
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a Session 8: Introduction to GIS and QGIS (interface, main functionalities) a
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a QGIS Installation Guide a
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QGIS interface and main functionalities
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QGIS useful links
a Exercise 2:Preparing the geospatial data for its use in QGIS a
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a Exercise 3: Creating individual thematic maps using QGIS a
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a HGLC Guidance document volume 2.6.1:  Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software a
a Exercise 4: Preparation of the thematic map for the training certificate a
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a HGLC Guidance document volume 2.6.1:  Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software a
a Session 9: How to geo-enable your Malaria Information System? a
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a 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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Building Capacity for Geo-Enabling Health Information Systems: Supporting Equitable Health Services and Well-Being for All
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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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Improving Immunisation Coverage and Equity through the Effective Use of Geospatial Technologies: A Landscape Analysis and Theory of Change
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Leveraging Geospatial Technologies and Data to Strengthen Immunisation Programmes
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Implementation Support Guide: Development of a National Georeferenced Community Health Worker Master List Hosted in a Registry
a Session 10: Guided discussion on the implementation of the HIS geo-enabling framework in countries a
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