Geo-enabling the Health Information System in Myanmar24/10/2017
Myanmar has wide geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities and is facing several public health challenges, including maternal and newborn death; diseases of national concern, such as malaria; and illnesses and injuries resulting from natural disasters.
To address this, the Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS), has launched the National Health Plan (NHP) 2017–2021 with dual objectives: strengthening the country’s health system and paving the way toward universal health coverage.
Implementing the objectives of the NHP compelled the MOHS to geo-enable its Health Information System (HIS). That meant defining the necessary governance structure, standards, protocols, guidelines, and policies to ensure powerful use of geospatial data and technologies across all health programs.
A major requirement of the process was to strengthen the technical capacity of the ministry and the ability to prioritize services geographically at the township level and track health issues through the use of a common geo-registry.
The AeHIN GIS Lab is an innovative approach supported by the Asian Development Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners such as Esri to strengthen the technical capacity of the health sector (government and partners) in Asia and the Pacific to fully benefit from the power of geography, geospatial data and technologies through the geo-enablement of their HIS