Since February 2022, the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI), under Zambia’s Ministry of Health, and GRID3 have been 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.
“Microplanning” refers to the process in which health workers plan how to deploy resources—including vaccines and other health-related commodities—to ensure that vulnerable populations are reached during a health intervention.
In preparation for these workshops, the GRID3 Zambia team produced over 2,000 health facility catchment area maps featuring GRID3 data on population, settlements, and health facilities.
“We also produced over 200 district level maps,”
says Gillie Cheelo, a GRID3 Zambia technical consultant.
“For these, we delivered hard and soft copy versions and demonstrated how they can be used to locate vulnerable populations, understand access to healthcare, and plan for outreach services.”