Mapping & GIS in Health
In order to properly plan, manage and monitor any public health programme, it is vital that up-to-date, relevant information is available for decision-makers at all levels of the public health system. As every health problem or health event requires a different response and policy decision, information must be available, reflecting a realistic assessment of the situation at local, national and global levels. This must be done with best available data taking into consideration the changes in the existing health situation and the influences based upon it.
Geographic information systems (GIS) provide ideal platforms for the convergence of health facilities specific information and their analyses in relation to population settlements, surrounding social and health services and the natural environment. They are highly suitable for analyzing epidemiological data, revealing trends and interrelationships that would be more difficult to discover in tabular format. Moreover GIS allows policy makers to easily visualize problems in relation to existing health and social services and the natural environment and so more effectively target resources.
Since June 2002, Health Inforum’s public health mapping programme has been leading a local partnership in the promotion and implementation of GIS to support decision-making for a wide range of public health programmes. West Bank map has been produced including the localities of the health facilities, type of services, level of services, bed ratio, and type of health provider.
Recently Health Inforum has produced the First Map of Gaza, which includes the localities of the health facilities, type of services, level of services, bed ratio, and type of health provider.
Both Health Facilities Maps are available on our website: www.healthinforum.org , in addition, the Health Inforum is distributing those maps for each health stakeholder office.
Goal and strategic objectives
The overall goal of the Public Health Mapping Programme today is to strengthen the capacities of public health programmes at local level through the use of GIS and mapping technologies, and to enhance the health providers to make their analysis in an easier way.
PRCS Health Incidents (2-8 August), 2003
Qalqilia, 7 August 2003 (21:20): A PRCS ambulance received a call from the Qalqilia EMS dispatch reporting that there was a person in an unconscious state at the District Coordinating Office (DCO) checkpoint. When the ambulance reached the scene, PRCS medics administered first aid to the patient and prepared to transport her to hospital. However, the Israeli soldiers refused to allow the medics to transport the patient, alleging that they were still checking the IDs. One half hour later, an Israeli jeep arrived on the scene and permitted the ambulance to transport the patient to Qalqilia Hospital.
Jenin, 8 August 2003 (15:40): A PRCS ambulance was dispatched to the eastern part of Jenin after receiving a call reporting a number of injuries due to Israeli Army gunfire. While the ambulance crew were attending to one of the injured persons, four bullets hit the ambulance, damaging the engine and slightly injuring one of the medics in the left knee. The crew called the EMS station and requested another ambulance, which on arrival, transferred the patient to hospital and the crew back to base.
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