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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Mapping Health Issues in Kibera and other Health GIS News

Jamie Lundine in a health geographer working with the Map Kibera Trust. Kibera, a settlement in Kenya that until recently went unmapped was featured in The Geospatial Revolution. The latest work involves mapping health issues and turning the mapping into action in Mathare, a slum in Nairobi.

Mapping the sanitation in situation in Mathare has been a process of continual learning. When we began the Map Mathare pilot project in December 2010, we employed a dynamic methodology to engage young people and the community issues in the approximately 20 villages in Mathare. 

- Health Geography

Matt Sparke is a geographer and professor of international studies at the University of Washington and also director of the new UW global health undergraduate minor.

He is co-author of Seattle Geographies, which among other things speaks to the city's leadership role in global health. That the authors argue that role stems from some world-class rioting in 1999 during a WTO meeting.


A recent study on medicating ADHD youth details which age groups are getting more or less drugs but it also points to geographic variation in the U.S.

The rate of ADHD prescriptions was significantly lower in the West than in other parts of the nation. Researchers aren't sure why. Two possible reasons could include more parents being reluctant to medicate their children, or school systems that handle kids with ADHD differently, [co-author] Vitiello noted.

- US News


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