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Static map for micro-planning purposes (REC approach)

A base map is at sub-district level presenting visual information: roads, vaccination services, supply chain, logistic, epidemiologic etc.

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

Base maps are non-modifiable maps used at grass-root levels by local planners, working close to the communities, or, at district and city head-quarters level. They are either on paper or in electronic image format (tiff, jpeg, pdf), whereas modifiable and geo-referenced base maps are available on the internet and integrated with GIS software

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

When using a base map, you can visualize at a glance many layers of information. Having a geographic overview of a situation can dramatically improve evidence-based decision-making. From printed base maps to EPI sector specific dynamic maps so to quickly visualize the evolution of a situation through time ( See EPI Monitoring map), geographic information is vital for a good understanding of a situation. The typical hurdles in urban are as follows: (i) Lack of updated health facility catchment maps and high-risk area information; (ii) Lack of granular geographical data, especially for the sake of appraising accessibility or the distance between households and vaccination sites; (iii) Poor delivery approaches to meet the needs of growing urban poor populations. Example of static map for micro-planning purposes For the sake of getting access to a large set of static maps at district level in Ghana: Here is the link: Use the following username and password for Ghana country: username: ghana password: ghana3475 (Location of health facilities are deemed public) The added-value of using static maps are as follows : (1) Efficient micro plans and good accountability of vaccination teams: Mapping spatial location of immunization infrastructure, human resources, population distribution and geographic features at district or/and urban area level, using GPS tools and interpretation of satellite imagery, will lead to more efficient planning of outreach sessions based on distances, population in need and geographic barriers, and improved monitoring and accountability of immunization teams. (2) Efficient use of vaccination resources (human resources, stocks, cold chain): More geographically accurate maps of resources versus populations, together with spatial analysis of the barriers between supply and demand, can lead to better identification of gaps in supply to optimize match with demand for services. (3) Evidence of new well targeted communities, which were chronically missed: demonstrated, for example, by pockets of disease despite reported high vaccination coverage. More efficient microplans and use of GPS and satellite images could lead to a strong reduction of chronically missed communities in even hard-to-reach areas.

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
  • 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)

There are several themes for mapping purposes: Title: Description 1 Health facilities: Showing locations in relation to access etc. May be sub-divided e.g. medical, vaccination spots, staff numbers etc. 2 Health facilities: Showing locations in relation to supply chain factors, including cold chain e.g. numbers of people to be vaccinated, geographical barriers, catchment areas, etc. 3 Catchment areas and patient provenance: For example, the trial map showing origins of children vaccinated 4 Vaccination needs and planning: E.g. in relation to mobile clinics and other facilities. 5 Health promotion: Used for planning and for showing actual activities 6 Warehousing: Locations, supply routes, stock levels

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, base maps 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

Website URL

Scale of organizational work

  • Global (within 2 or more global regions)

Tell us more about you

Mapping and Analytics for Health Activities (Maha), is a new French start up linking public health and information technology since March 2018. MAHA was contracted to provide innovative GIS Services to Ghana Health Service in 2018 with funding from GAVI. MAHA is providing GIS and mapping services in the framework of a “Technical Assistance for development of National health care delivery system optimization plan for the Kyrgyz Republic (Master Plan)” led by a German consulting firm, namely Management for Health (M4H) funded by World Bank.

Applying to Gavi INFUSE

  • Referred by a friend / colleague


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