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October 12, 2021
GRID3 data improve accuracy of vulnerability survey in South Sudan

In recent months, a consortium of governmental and international bodies initiated the latest round of the multi-sector Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System (FSNMS+) survey in South Sudan. The survey uses GRID3 population estimates to calculate population per enumeration area.

October 4, 2021
GRID3 white papers: a series of in-depth resources on the production and use of key geospatial datasets

What are the most effective ways to map health facilities? Or the benefits of classifying settlements? How do government officials cooperatively produce accurate subnational boundaries? To answer these and many other pressing data for development questions, GRID3 is producing a series of resources that provide a wealth of insights into some of its core geospatial data solutions.

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 31, 2021
Sierra Leone government uses GRID3 insights for new school infrastructure and catchment area planning policy

In June 2021, the government of Sierra Leone released its new School Infrastructure and Catchment Area Planning policy. Laying the foundation for increased access to safe, quality education, the document draws extensively upon insights from the GRID3 Education Coverage in Sierra Leone report. The policy was also informed by additional school catchment mapping conducted by GRID3 in collaboration with Fab Inc.

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 16, 2021
Using data analytics to improve radio coverage and enhance education access during disease outbreaks in Sierra Leone

In collaboration with MBSSE, the GRID3 team at Flowminder carried out an analysis using GIS and its optimisation algorithm to improve radio coverage and enhance education access during disease outbreaks.

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. 

July 6, 2021
New GRID3 Data Hub: 250+ datasets now openly available

When it comes to geospatial data, accessibility is just as crucial as quality. While it is important to produce comprehensive spatial information that can be used to guide sustainable planning and decision making, equal attention must be paid to ensuring that such data is easily accessible for GIS practitioners, humanitarians, researchers, and governments. With this in mind, GRID3 has launched its Data Hub. 

July 1, 2021
Historic progress in South Sudan’s drive to count its population

Enumeration for South Sudan’s Population Estimation Survey (PES) has been completed, marking the end of the single largest data collection effort in the country’s history.