Health mapping for improved resource allocation and advocacy: Training of health department staff in health mapping using free software (Open Jump).

Training May 5-7 2010

The 30 participants came from eight districts (Belu, TTS, Kupang, Kota Kupang, Alor, Flores Timur, Maggarai Barat, Sumba Timor) around NTT as well as the provincial health office to learn innovative, low cost techniques for epidemiological and health infrastructure mapping (participant list). Using open source geographic information software (Open Jump) along with inexpensive mobile phone based field data collection tools, district health staff developed skills to analyse and improve the quality of their health data. The training proved so popular additional classes were provided after the official workshop.

Comprehensive Indonesian language, multi media training material was provided to the participants to allow then to continue individual learning beyond the duration of the workshop. View the openjump health mapping training tutorial here. Prior to the training Open Jump data visualisation and layout tools were improved, based on previous health mapping project experience, through collaboration with Prof. Geoff Roy.

Previous participants in this AusAID funded program presented results from their health mapping activities. A broad range of examples were given of how health mapping is now being used to inform health resource allocation, project development and advocacy including: comprehensive health service audits in remote, regional districts; innovative maternal and neonatal health analysis including the mobile mapping of pregnant women to ensure access to trained health staff for birth.


Some of the participants May 5-7 2010.