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GPS disease mapping to tackle neglected tropical diseases in Africa.

by GPS4US 2013-06-19 16:39
The latest example of GPS disease mapping comes in Sub-Saharan Africa, where scientists will soon use the units to track neglected tropical diseases (NTD).

Officers in national NTD control programs were recently trained to use GPS and other tools to formulate maps and collect data to help control easily-treated diseases that still ravage the continent. Mapping and data collection will begin soon.

According to the website allafrica.com, this is the first time the government will use GPS technology in an effort to control NTDs.

Control officers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia and Nigeria began training in Kenya in May. Soon, officers will begin mapping NTDs in their respective countries, according to allafrica.com.

“The significance of using these technologies in mapping NTDs is to establish distributions, target treatment in need areas, estimate drug and resource requirements in affected populations and obtain clear information for monitoring and control purposes, Sammy Njenga, director of the Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control tells allafrica.com.

Using GPS and other mapping tools to track diseases comes with clear advantages.

“Data collection can be done by a few people and the software required can be downloaded free from the internet,” Erick Khamala, a remote sensing specialist at Nairobi’s Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development tells allafrica.com



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