Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has been leading the integration of spatial data into health service delivery. In early 2021, the agency collaborated with GRID3 and NASRDA to ensure the best available geospatial data are used to inform the country’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy. During the same period, NPHCDA also requested technical support to develop a digital tool that provides insights into health service coverage during vaccinations.
Working with Novel-T and NPHCDA, GRID3 Nigeria is creating a Geospatial Microplanning Toolkit (GMT), a web and mobile application that supports health officials in digitising microplans, delineating health facility catchment areas, estimating vulnerable populations, and planning vaccination interventions. Using a smartphone or tablet, officials can provide updates on the microplanning process, which enables live-tracking of campaign progress, coverage, and completeness at various administrative units. The GMT also allows data collection around missing settlements. Data are simultaneously entered into the main GRID3 Nigeria geodatabase.
As part of the GMT development process, the toolkit was tested in 12 wards (the smallest administrative unit in Nigeria) in Kano and Lagos states during a week-long pilot led by NPHCDA in December 2021. Ward and health facility representatives were provided tablets and trained on how to use the application by NPHCDA. After the initial training, participants then simulated the microplanning process using the GMT. Feedback from this pilot is now being used to improve the toolkit’s features before a potential nationwide rollout in 2022.