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 longer 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. Organize software specific training with professionals when needed.
  5. Develop and maintain training material, including a course on HIS geo-enabling for public health schools  for long term sustainability.
  6. Establish public-private partnership aiming at facilitating access to geospatial technologies. and
  7. Develop a network of GIS professionals across the Region.

Through the assistance being provided, the health sector does not only benefit from a more powerful use of geospatial data and technologies to support geographically based decision making but does also improve data quality across health programs to reach a more systemic approach to solving public health problems and therefore the health SDG.