A previous PSLP-funded project on pilot applications of health mapping in NTT (July 2008-June 2009) demonstrated efficient rapid field assessment of health facilities in three districts, clinic health data mapping and service availability mapping, and developed a system for efficient recording, reporting and visualisation of clinic health data.
The current project (1 Sept
2009- 30 Sept 2010) aims to expand the infrastructure assessment to also
record services (e.g. emergency obstetric) available at the health facilities,
to extend health mapping capability to more districts, to evaluate the
impacts of implementing a clinic database for recording, reporting, and
visualising health data, and to develop train-the-trainer capacity in
health mapping in NTT.
This project will build on the successful development and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for improved natural resource management in the target districts by adding health data to existing environmental and demographic layers. Indonesian government departments have already demonstrated commitment to sustaining these GIS activities through staff and budget allocations at Provincial and District levels. Training will include in-country activities in the field followed by on-going mentoring, with some work attachments in Darwin.
Engagement in the project will be encouraged by assisting government officers to use this tool to address a high priority health issue, as identified by each district. The applications developed during this project will be demonstrated to a wider audience (from all districts in NTT as well as Provincial government officers and officials) at the end of the project.
The project will provide information and methods for the most effective allocation of health resources, through districts and to villages.