In January 2020, the GRID3 M4H team organised a Kwilu Province Digital Microplanning Workshop in Kinshasa, DRC to pilot integration of the maps within the current microplanning process. Stakeholders from various levels of DRC’s health system were in attendance including: Ministry of Health, Expanded Programme on Immunisation (Programme Elargi de Vaccination) (PEV), National Health Information System Division (Division du Système National d’Informations Sanitaires (DSNIS), and Central Bureau of Census (BCR).
While reviewing the maps, stakeholders calculated distances, estimated travel times, designated vaccination outreach sites, and identified populations routinely overlooked. Workshop participants also compared health area sketches to maps of the same area and discussed advantages and disadvantages of both. Some of the feedback included the following:
“Atelier de grande importance pour nous permettre d’ameliorer les couvertures dans le service de vaccination.”
Translated: “The workshop was of great importance to allow us to improve coverage of the vaccination service.”
“Atelier super interessant, le digital au service de la microplanification, INNOVATION sans contest. BRAVO. C’est une suggestion qui consiste au renforcement des capacités à tous les niveaux.”
Translated: “Super interesting workshop, digital at the service of microplanning, INNOVATION beyond compare. WELL DONE. This is a suggestion which consists of capacity building at all levels.”
“Nous sommes émerveillés du contenu qui va nous permettre à changer nos décisions en fonction des données géo-spatiales.”
Translated: “We are amazed at how the content will allow us to change our decisions based on geospatial data.”