Mobile Mapping for Rapid Field Assessment of Health Infrastructure in Indonesia

Posted by cycadme on Oct 01, 2010

The rural population of eastern Indonesia generally has limited access to health services due to rugged topography, poor roads and limited health resources. Moreover, there are no comprehensive audits of health infrastructure at the district level resulting in poor coordination of health resource allocation. This project is using mobile field data collection techniques to identify gaps in health services to enable more effective and equitable delivery of scarce health resources to remote and poor regions. 

The study tested the assumption that recent changes in mobile mapping and GIS technologies have made them appropriate and effective tools for public health applications in rural, developing contexts.  Three primary factors seen to be facilitating more widespread use were: (1) decreasing hardware costs, (2) the technological convergence of GPS/mobile-phone/PDA (personal digital assistant) hardware and (3) the development of free/open-source spatial data software.  

Through this project spatial data collection and visualization technology, normally considered the province of a techno-elite, was introduced to local health administrations in simple, intuitive and inexpensive forms. Through training, tailored to address local issues, capacity was developed amongst health staff (district and clinic levels) in the eastern Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Timur to collect and interpret data for improved health service delivery. This capacity is particularly important since recent political decentralization in Indonesia has given local government greater control over budgeting and planning.

A short video introducing this project can be seen here:


Health department staff from West Timor learning mobile field data collection tools.

Mobile Mapping for Rapid Field Assessment of Health Infrastructure in Indonesia data sheet 2646 Views
Countries: Indonesia

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