JSI’s Marc Cunnningham reflects on the progress that has been made using geographic information systems to advance health initiatives around the world.
Imagine driving a delivery truck without a map or any idea how long it will take to get to your destination. The drivers delivering health commodities in Ebonyi State, Nigeria were dealing with this very problem. Existing digital data for the road network contained information on travel speeds for five percent of the roads, and only half of the roads were mapped at all.
A country ravaged by 14 years of civil war, Liberia has imminent needs spanning every sector. Both the international community and the Government of Liberia (GoL) have identified strengthening health systems as a key priority. The civil war reduced the available health workforce and impacted the country’s ability to provide essential health services. Although the … Continue reading “Strengthening Liberia’s health system one map at a time”
If you’ve used Google maps to find a restaurant while traveling, or logged onto your health insurance provider’s website to find the nearest primary care physician in an unfamiliar city, you’ve experienced the power maps have first-hand. Knowing business locations simplifies our day-to-day lives and connects us to services we need.