Figure 1: The Top 10 Mappers at the OpenStreetMap Mapathon
Tremendous progress has been made over the past two decades in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. Citizens are more aware of the virus, medications have been improved, and access to support has increased. In Côte d’Ivoire, a remaining challenge in combating HIV/AIDS is to more effectively target hotspots and to ensure that resources are finding their way to local communities with the greatest needs for prevention and treatment.
On July 10th, the Côte d’Ivoire Ministry of Health’s Direction de l’Informatique et de l’Information Sanitaire (Directorate for IT and Health Information – DIIS), USAID, AidData, and Development Gateway co-hosted an OpenStreetMap mapathon to help public authorities and local HIV/AIDS support networks to gain better access to cartographic information relevant to HIV/AIDS. Over 35 mappers gathered at the OpenGov Hub in Washington, DC, combining forces to map over 2,500 buildings, covering 50% of City of San Pédro, the project area. Local mappers will soon walk the streets of San Pédro to provide more information about each of these buildings. This data will then be integrated with other datasets related to HIV/AIDS prevalence, health center coverage, and other key information to inform efforts to curtail HIV/AIDS transmission, improve awareness, and increase access to necessary treatments in these high-risk areas.
Figure 2: Participants learning more about the OpenDCH Project
The #MapCiV mapathon is part of the Open Geospatial Data Center for Health (OpenDCH) program, which was designed to serve as a hub of collaboration, focusing on stakeholder engagement, alignment of data sources, and forging of data literacy. OpenDCH is a partnership between AidData, Development Gateway, the Ministry of Health’s Direction de l’Informatique et de l’Information Sanitaire (DIIS), and USAID/Côte d’Ivoire.
The #MapCiV mapathon represents the first step in a broader strategy designed to collect data about poorly understood areas of the country, and harness technology to reveal new insights that lead to more informed policy decisions. The next mapathons will take place at the College of William & Mary and at the Centre Universitaire de Recherche et d’Application en Télédétection (CURAT) in Abidjan. Local mappers, with the support and engagement of OpenStreetMap – Côte d’Ivoire (OSMCI), will take to the streets of seven areas of the country for a total of more than 25 days of mapping and 10 additional days of data validation.
Advancing Tobacco Control in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) Website
In response to the impending threat of tobacco use in DRC and the various dangers that accompany it, the Tobacco Control Data Initiative website creates a “one-stop shop” to access the relevant data that the DRC's policymakers need to advance tobacco control legislation.
Faire progresser la lutte antitabac en République Démocratique du Congo : Site web de l’initiative de données sur la lutte antitabac (TCDI)
En partenariat avec le Ministère de la Santé de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), le Programme National de Lutte Contre la Toxicomanie et les Substances Toxiques (PNLCT), Development Gateway : An IREX Venture (DG) a lancé le tableau de bord de la Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) à Kinshasa, RDC, le 29 mai 2023.
Accessible and timely public health data has the power to shape policy and significantly improve population health outcomes. But effective public health policy needs to be built on a foundation of trust in order for policies and individual health behaviors to change. In DG's TCDI program, we've learned three lessons on how to build trust in public health data.