The Health Geolab Collaborative is concentrating its efforts in Asia and the Pacific, more specifically on the 30 low- and middle-income countries listed and represented in the following map:

The Health GeoLab Collaborative uses the 4Ts (Training, Tooling, Testing, Teaming) approach to strengthen in-country capacity for a proper and sustainable geo-enablement of the Health Information System (HIS).

The strategy followed by the Members of the Collaborative to reach this objective across Asia and the Pacific is to:

  1. Prioritize one-on-one in-country capacity strengthening activities adjusted to the country’s specific needs and capacities.
  2. Provide long term “coaching” as part of pilot projects instead of one-off training events.
  3. Use regional gathering mainly to cover concepts and processes and allow countries to share their experience and knowledge as well as identify common needs and challenges.
  4. Facilitate the organization of software specific training with professionals when needed.
  5. Develop and maintain freely accessible reference and training material through its knowledge repository.
  6. Establish partnership aiming at facilitating access and use of geospatial data and technologies. and
  7. Develop a network of professionals dealing with the management and use geospatial data and technologies across the Region.

Through the assistance being provided, 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 reach a more systemic approach to solving public health problems and therefore the health SDG.