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Build a geo-referenced boundary dataset of urban areas

The GIS platform allows to shape new geographical delineations aiming at analyzing the immunization situation at the most granular level.

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Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one to two sentences (required 350 Characters)

MAHA has developed a Geographical Information System (GIS) platform based on an online map-interface reachable with a web browser with geolocated data-driven functionalities, and more specific function for the delineation of sub-district areas, which are of high interest in urban context.

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

In the case of Ghana, the National Programme Manager of the EPI program was aiming at analyzing the immunization situation at sub-district level and, as consequence, willing to map sub-district at a national scale, and equally important in the current and forthcoming 38 newly created districts in urban context. In order to reach that higher level of analytical capabilities, there are three key steps that are necessary: First step relates to the needs of getting precisely-defined and measured sub district geographic areas. Second step involves being able to measure the targeted indicators of interest. Third step relates to the ability to computationally process and join together the geographic interventions and data or indicators at a common spatial unit of observation. The GIS platform is dealing only with the first step. At a later stage, the core approach will involve joining both statistical data and spatial data, transforming the data to an appropriate map projection (See EPI Monitoring map and Static map projects), and adding cartographic elements to produce a map to achieve the key goal: increase vaccination coverage and equity. The methodology linked to the use of the GIS platform outlines a step-by-step process for performing the following phases: 1. Gathering and setting up country specific geospatial data at district level 
 2. Facilitating the workflow to delineate the boundaries at sub-district levels 3. Gathering and inputting georeferenced information into GIS software. An additional important step is taken into consideration related to presenting results for Quality control and validation There are two possibilities to set up new geographical areas, (1) a purely manual boundaries delineation process or (2) MAHA’s innovative methodology which combines an « Automatic Script Delineation » with countrywide based dataset related to the location of health facilities and/or communities. In order to better appraise the GIS tool, you can get access to the GIS platform as applied for Ghana: Just select « Connect » on the top right corner to get access to the login: test and password: maha2018gh) Select Test - Sub-Districts project

Which part(s) of the world does this innovation target?

  • North Africa
  • Eastern Africa
  • Middle Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Western Africa
  • Caribbean
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Asia
  • South-eastern Asia
  • Southern Asia
  • Western Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Southern Europe
  • Western Europe
  • Oceania

Geographic Focus

Urban settings and slums

Stage of Innovation

  • Majority Adoption

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

It is worth defining the stakeholders who are impacted, or can impact that innovative project, so be sure they if will be consulted / informed / engaged: Ministry of Health and In-country statistical Health Service; United Nations Organizations (UNICEF, WHO); other partners (Bilateral agencies, international and local NGOs); local Government agencies (Regional Coordinating Council, District/Municipal Assembly); the Media; and the community (Traditional, Religious and Opinion leaders). The GIS project aims to serve wide range of EPI actors, thus MAHA Shared Service team will engage multiple stakeholders in a systematic manner: ● “Clients”: Main beneficiaries/in-country GIS end-users will be Urban Operations Planning, Medical, Logistics & Supply chain, Epidemiology and Communication units of the EPI program in urban settings. ● National EPI team and Members of the Interagency Coordination Committee (ICC)● Partners: engagement with DHIS2 team & Country Statistic Service

How is your idea unique? (750 characters)

The delineation of boundaries at sub-district levels requires certain types of data to help drawing the lines. The GIS platform is based on an online map-interface reachable with a web browser. It consists in a webmap displaying several reference layer like health facilities, points/areas of interest such as the location of communities, the user can choose whether to display or to hide them. The layer to build (the sub-districts), and a background layer (can be base map from Open Street Map (OSM), satellite imagery, etc.). This platform provides digitalization tools (to draw the sub-district) as well as an attribute panel (to fill/update the attribute of a feature – such as sub-district name, id, drawer’s name).

What is the name of your organization

MAHA - Mapping & Analytics for Health Activities

Explain your organization (250 characters)

MAHA is an organization tasked with supplying its in-country partners with IT services including mapping and analytical services. The shared service approach aims at increasing the quality and professionalism of GIS services for the EPI program.

Type of Submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organizational Characteristics

  • MAHA is composed of a network of GIS &developer experts located mainly in France and Malawi

Gender and Diversity (500 characters)

MAHA is developing Geographical Information System (GIS) based applications and services. The gender is always taken into consideration in the indicators mapped and analyzed. Every time database are disaggregated by gender, basemaps will take benefit of disaggregated information (to the lowest possible granular/administrative unit) in order to better understand specificities in terms of gender, and if possible by urban poor individuals, households and communities.

Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)

Raphael Girod Founder MAHA Mapping & Analytics for Health Activities 59, vieille route des Pensières 74290 Veyrier du lac - France mob. (33) 6 33 58 65 53 mob. (33) 7 88 18 21 63

Size of organization (number of employees):

  • Less than 5 people

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Scale of organizational work

  • Global (within 2 or more global regions)

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