In collaboration with Mozambique’s ministry of health (MoH), Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), and National Agency for Spatial Development (ADE), GRID3 and ICAP convened a map template transfer workshop in Maputo between 18 and 20 April 2023.
At the workshop, ADE’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysts received training from GRID3 on generating up-to-date district- and subdistrict-level maps based on a GRID3 cartographic template and data collected and generated through the Reach Every District (RED) microplanning initiative. The RED initiative focuses on routine immunisation and is led by UNICEF in collaboration with the MoH, ADE, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), and the Health GeoLab (HGL). It is also supported by Gavi in Mozambique. UNICEF, CHAI, and the HGL also supported workshop coordination efforts.
These maps will play an integral role in the health campaign microplanning process by ensuring health workers consistently have accurate information on the locations of people, settlements, boundaries, health facilities, and vaccination sites. Health workers in Mozambique can use these data to efficiently allocate personnel and important resources such as vaccines and funding.
The workshop follows one held late last year. During the November 2022 workshop, microplanning maps, generated by GRID3, were initially presented to MoH, EPI, and the district health team in Mocuba district to demonstrate how these types of resources could potentially support health campaigns in the country.