Four Ways Geographic Information Systems Can Help to Enhance Health Service Planning and Delivery for Infectious Diseases in Low-Income Countries

Bianca Brijnath, Ansariadi Ansariadi, Dziedzom Komi de Souza

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Abstract

Focusing specifically on infectious diseases in low-income countries, this paper discusses four ways Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can facilitate health service planning and delivery: (1) deeper insight into where health care services should be located; (2) improved health surveillance and real-time planning for disease control and population health; (3) stronger accountability and evidence-informed dialogue between funders and the service providers and; (4) greater opportunities to translate complex data into more accessible formats which policymakers can quickly interpret and act on. Taking its use beyond just a research instrument, GIS is a way to undertake multidisciplinary work and improve health service planning and delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1410 - 1420
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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