GIS Training in Flores and West Timor

During the first half of November 2008 and March 2009 training was conducted in the use of GIS software for health mapping and field data collection in Soe (TTS) and Bajawa (Flores), Mbai (Flores).

Presented here are a series of maps produced by local health department officers after two days of training in the use of free, open source GIS software (openjump) for health mapping. The results of this training illustrates how GIS and spatial visualisation skills need not be expensive or difficult. There was a clear understanding from the participants of the utility of health mapping for informing service delivery.