The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating health authority representing the United Nations. WHO sets the tone on providing leadership on global health matters. Some of their responsibilities include setting standards, devising the health research agenda, articulating evidential policies, monitoring trends and providing technical support. One of the ways the WHO stays effective is through its “Public Health Mapping and GIS Programme”. This program utilizes interactive mapping and allows the WHO to accurately plan, manage and monitor, and update the latest and relevant information available for decision-makers to use in the public health system. Having information readily available gives people a realistic assessment of the problem or crisis at hand, whether it be local, national or global. Therefore, they can act in the most efficient manner possible. Using GIS gives people a better idea of their local demographics, health services locations, and geographic and environmental features. Information and analyses are immediately posted at available to the public. It is easy to see trends and relationships formed by the epidemiological data.
Source: World Health Organization
Christine Irven, VERTICES intern
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