There is no denying the impact that the environment – natural and manmade – has on human development, economic development, and health. Just think about recent natural and manmade disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and Deepwater Horizon oil spill, recent studies on the impact of the built environment on crime and physical activity, and studies on the relationship of the distance to the nearest health facility and health outcomes of a particular community.
Having a better understanding as to how to map data is an important skill that informs decision making at all levels. The GIS Techniques for M&E of HIV/AIDS and Related Programs presents a practical guide for using a geographic information system (GIS) to integrate, visualize, and analyze geographically-referenced data extracted from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and other key data sets to facilitate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of HIV/AIDS and related health programs. To make the course accessible to learners without commercial GIS software licenses, the course focuses on the use of free and open source software (FOSS) and includes a number of practical exercises which will allow you to apply what you have learned, using the FOSS - QGIS.
Although the course is designed primarily for M&E professionals working for or with HIV/AIDS programs in countries receiving Global Health Initiative/PEPFAR support, analysts and decision makers from other public health programs will benefit from the techniques and data sources explained.