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Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) monitoring map

The EPI Monitoring Map is worth utilizing for the sake of sharing spatial and temporal EPI related data in urban areas

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

With the EPI Map, you can: (1) Visualize EPI related indicators on a map, such as vaccination coverage and the cumulative number of children vaccinated, (2) Develop an epidemiological web map adapted to your own context (region, district, urban settings and slums) and (3) Filter data for different periods with a time slider, such as a year or month

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

EPI related information dissemination and micro planning/monitoring are key issues in this current EPI Monitoring map's approach, especially as it involves innovative presentation of indicators throughout time, for example the coverage rate or the children unvaccinated or even the targeted results of a vaccination program to be achieved in urban areas. When using a user-friendly interactive map, you can visualize at a glance many layers of information. Having a geographic overview of an urban situation can dramatically improve evidence-based decision-making. Here is the link to the EPI Monitoring map set up for Ghana aiming at displaying coverage rate at district level: (Coverage rates are deemed as a public information) That GIS tool is self-explanatory as you can select a particular antigen or indicator, select a targeted district from drop down list or straight from the map, you can also “play” with the time slider, or even the zoom in /out function. There are some additional features which can be activated at the bottom right of the map , see "Map settings ». You can access other functionalities linked to the background map, such as satellite images, open street map but more interestingly location of new cases for example or the location of vaccine stock and occurrence of stock-outs to mention a few… The functionalities of the EPI Monitoring map could enable to better visualize new evidence on inequities of vaccination coverage at sub-national, sub-district or urban area level to identify low performing areas. Thanks to the several visualization means made available through the EPI Monitoring map, it is possible to identify spatial patterns in immunization coverage and to geographically identify significantly low performing specific areas requiring prioritized intervention. EPI monitoring map is an open source tool and is accessible on-line from any laptop with an internet connection. The tool has been utilized successfully by the EPI team in Ghana, the next step in Ghana is to devise a shape file at sub-district levels (See next MAHA project “GIS procedure aiming at delineating sub-district boundaries in slums or urban 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
  • 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: partnership engagement with DHIS2 team & Country Statistic Service

How is your idea unique? (750 characters)

This EPI dynamic application is proven innovative because it gives a powerful visual means for the sake of better analyzing immunization program with a two-fold approach, namely to: 1. Provide a non-technical and user-friendly tool to optimize geospatial data and technologies in immunization programs; and 2. Focus on the monitoring and analysis of immunization delivery within the context of urban context. The unique role of geography as a unifying framework between different sources of information, and the use of geospatial data and technologies as tools is to collect, manage, link, analyze, and visualize geospatial data and their related attributes is crucial to support evidence-based decision-making across the immunization cycle.

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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One pager technical brief of the EPI Map


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