World Health Organization’s ‘HealthMapper’

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a surveillance and mapping application called ‘The HealthMapper’. This application is designed to address critical surveillance information needs across infectious disease programs at national and global levels and it is customized specifically for public health users. “The system facilitates data standardization, collection and updating of data on epidemiology and on interventions and provides immediate visualization of data in the form of maps, tables and charts” (WHO).  In addition, ‘The HealthMapper’ provides a database of geographic, demographic and health information. Of this information, the location of communities, health care and education facilities, accessibility by road, access to safe water and demography are included.  Some of the infectious disease programs using the system include: Roll Back Malaria, Lymphatic filariasis Elimination, Buruli Ulcer, Guinea worm Eradication, Onchocerciasis  Control Program, and Polio Eradication. “In 2003, the system supported the implementation surveillance of HIV/AIDS/STIs, Tuberculosis, Control of Communicable Diseases in Complex Emergency Situations, Outbreak Alert and Response and Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses” (WHO). See the article and website in order to download the program.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int/health_mapping/tools/healthmapper/en/index.html

Christine Irven, VERTICES intern

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