of health infrastructure
Training in rapid field collection of health service data
(infrastructure, staff skills and critical care available).
in mobile mapping and GIS technologies have made them appropriate
and effective tools for public health applications in rural, developing
contexts. Three primary factors are facilitating more wide spread
use: (1) decreasing hardware costs, (2) the technological convergence
of GPS/mobile-phone/ PDA (personal digital assistant) hardware and
(3) the development of free/open-source spatial data software. Through
training, tailored to address local issues, capacity was developed
amongst health department staff from six dstricts (Kupang, Kupang
City, TTS, Flores Timor, East Sumba, Ngada) to collect and interpret
data for improved health service delivery. This capacity is particularly
important since recent political decentralization in Indonesia has
given local government greater control over budgeting and planning.
primarily used a GPS enabled HTC mobile phone with free Cybertracker
data-recording software for the infrastructure surveys. Training
was initially provided during a workshop hosted by the provincial
health department in November 2009 with additional follow-up mentoring
provided by experienced health department staff from Ngada (Yulius
Widiyantoro) and TTS (Nelson) who were participants the previous
health mapping project. Presented below are some recent infrastructure
Pak Petrus from
Flores Timur collecting health infrastructure data in the field.