Health

June 17, 2022
Maps play an important role in Zambia’s COVID-19 vaccination planning

GRID3 Zambia has been supporting the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) under Zambia’s Ministry of Health with organising and facilitating district-level microplanning workshops. The first round of workshops were held in all of Zambia’s 10 provinces and over 2,700 health officials were trained on how to incorporate GRID3 maps into their COVID-19 vaccination microplans. 

April 25, 2022
Harnessing geospatial data to reduce malaria’s burden in Nigeria and the DRC

GRID3 has considerable experience with harnessing innovative geospatial solutions to reduce malaria’s effect on the region, and has recently extended its support to two campaigns in Nigeria and the DRC.

January 14, 2022
Spatial data at the forefront of vaccination strategies in Zambia and Nigeria

Demand for accurate spatial data across sub-Saharan Africa is rising as governments formulate vaccination campaigns. In recent months, Zambia and Nigeria have requested support from GRID3 in creating and rolling out maps and spatial data technologies to aid these interventions.

January 13, 2022
GRID3 Mapping for Health presents innovative geospatial solutions to enhance vaccine coverage in the DRC

From 22-25 November, stakeholders in DRC participated in “Towards Digital Microplanning”, a four-day forum organised by the GRID3 Mapping for Health project, promoting innovative geospatial data and gender equity solutions that will support vaccination interventions in the country.

December 22, 2021
Data-driven interventions bring Zambia closer to controlling malaria

For microplanning ahead of the 2021 indoor residual spraying campaign led by Zambia’s National Malaria Elimination Programme, GRID3 and Akros developed improved maps featuring field-mapped health facility catchment boundaries and updated residential structure counts using GRID3 settlement extents. 

December 21, 2021
Improving geo-referenced microplanning for immunisation interventions in the DRC

As part of a broader push to strengthen the capacity of health actors to use geo-referenced data to improve immunisation outcomes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, GRID3 carried out extensive stakeholder engagement and field exercises aimed at evaluating the impact of the pilot phase of its geo-referenced microplanning work over the course of the last three months.

September 24, 2021
GRID3 microplanning maps to support non-polio immunisation activities in Nigeria

Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency has partnered with GRID3 to improve microplanning for its Non-Polio Supplementary Immunisation Activities campaign. The agency is using 9,308 ward-level maps produced by GRID3 to prepare microplans ahead of the next campaign, set to start in November 2021.

August 11, 2021
Sierra Leone reaches new milestone in mapping health facilities

Representatives from government ministries and departments, global health organisations, and GRID3 convened in Bo, Sierra Leone in July 2021 to review and validate the country’s master health facility list, a vital tool for planning health service delivery and interventions.

July 27, 2021
GRID3 maps to improve mobile health service delivery in the Somali and Afar regions of Ethiopia

GRID3 created 133 maps showcasing how far people live from health facilities and the size of those populations for all districts (called woredas) in the Somali and Afar regions. Amref Health Africa will be using the maps to identify where mobile health/outreach services are most needed.

July 15, 2021
Formalising a vital partnership in Sierra Leone

On 23 May, Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation and GRID3 signed a memorandum of understanding that formalised a partnership that has already made important progress in the country’s drive to accurately map its health facilities. 

May 31, 2021
Adopting gender-based solutions to increase vaccination coverage: spotlight on GRID3 Mapping for Health multi-sectoral roundtable in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

As DRC has one of the highest rates of maternal, child, and infant mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, one aspect of the GRID3 M4H project focuses on the integration of gender and social inclusion (GESI) into vaccination programmes. This work achieved a milestone in May with the organisation of a roundtable focused on the intersection of gender and vaccination.

May 18, 2021
GRID3 data as a building block for COVAX interventions: spotlight on Nigeria microplanning

To plan and implement efficient COVID-19 immunisation campaigns, Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) joined forces with GRID3 Nigeria to support COVID-19 vaccine delivery and access strategies across the country.

February 16, 2021
Radio campaigns use geospatial data to reduce barriers to contraceptive use in Zambia

Using risk data provided by GRID3 in collaboration with Fraym, DMI was able to refine a Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategy which included running a radio campaigns for specific districts with the aim of addressing barriers to the uptake of contraceptives, such as misconceptions about their safety, low support from men, and stigmatisation of young people accessing contraceptives.

November 9, 2020
Tackling COVID-19 in Nigeria: using population data to model virus spread post-lockdown

The Government of Nigeria collaborated with researchers from the United Kingdom’s University College London (UCL) to study, using GRID3 Nigeria’s gridded population estimates, the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus causing the COVID-19 disease — across Nigeria.

September 22, 2020
Data is high priority for fighting COVID-19 in Namibia

Under the leadership of the Government of Namibia, GRID3 has launched another COVID-19 data hub in sub-Saharan Africa, expanding the access to much needed reliable and timely geospatial data to fight and prevent the global pandemic on the continent.

September 9, 2020
Geospatial data informs COVID-19 preparedness plans for migrant population in Zambia

Despite falling COVID-19 cases around the world, countries still need accurate information on people and resources to continue slowing the spread of the virus. In Zambia, the International Organization for Migration is using GRID3 data to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the country’s migrant population.

July 31, 2020
Outside the box: how Nigeria won the fight against polio

Nigeria celebrates being wild polio free following an official declaration by the African Regional Certification Commission (ARCC), an independent advisory body of the World Health Organisation, for the eradication of poliomyelitis (WPV). This step marks a landmark victory for a country that had been battling the virus for decades.

July 30, 2020
Zambian government works with GRID3 and partners to control malaria

GRID3 Zambia partnered with Akros, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), PATH and President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to create maps as a low-cost solution that can contribute significantly to controlling malaria in the country. The maps display GRID3 population estimates, settlement extents with estimated residential structure counts, schools, health facilities and village names. These datasets were developed with multiple Zambian government agencies.

July 22, 2020
Sierra Leone is fighting smart against COVID-19

Sierra Leone’s government is reacting fast and in innovative ways to ensure the safety of its citizens. Together with Esri, Fraym, GPSDD, Maxar and UNECA, the government produced crucial geospatial datasets, analyses, and tools to support the COVID-19 response in Sierra Leone.

June 24, 2020
Taking on COVID-19 with data: Nigeria’s government collaborates with GRID3 on response and prevention

The quick and effective reaction of the Government of Nigeria is underpinned by a National COVID-19 Multi-Sectoral Pandemic Response Plan. GRID3 Nigeria has been working closely with the Presidential Task Force to swiftly support the government’s efforts and integrate geospatial data solutions into their plans.

April 17, 2020
African governments utilise GRID3 data in response to COVID-19

As the outbreak of the new coronavirus begins to extend into sub-Saharan Africa, GRID3 is marshalling its data resources and capacities to help partner governments plan rapid, effective responses.

March 24, 2020
DRC workshop shows applications for health

GRID3 and the team working on the Mapping for Health project hosted a three-day workshop in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with health sector stakeholders from the entire Kwilu Province. The aim of the workshop was to make progress toward incorporating geospatial data into immunisation microplanning in DRC.

March 4, 2020
DRC’s Ministry of Health works with GRID3 to fight measles epidemic

GRID3 produced 121 maps of health zones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support a six-month rapid-response measles vaccination campaign.

February 14, 2020
Geospatial analysis of measles immunisation coverage in Nigeria

To understand measles vaccination coverage, the GRID3 Nigeria team, following a request from the PCCS working group, analysed data produced from the PCCS survey in February 2019. The team also compared results from their analyses to previous PCCS coverage estimates using the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey and the 2016-17 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey / National Immunisation Coverage Survey.

February 14, 2020
Geospatial data informs routine vaccination strategies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In an effort to understand the true extent of vaccine-preventable deaths, the GRID3 Mapping for Health team in close coordination with DRC’s Ministry of Health utilised a participatory mapping approach to map settlements, health facilities and delineate health area boundaries. This information is crucial to developing vaccination strategies and assembling the appropriate resources required for targeted interventions.

February 14, 2020
Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health uses geospatial data to inform National Surgical, Obstetrics, Anaesthesia & Nursing Plan

To inform the Nigerian National Surgical, Obstetrics, Anesthesia and Nursing Plan developed by the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria, GRID3 mapped health facilities in Nigeria as well as visualised the surgical workforce in relation to population at the subnational level.