Vaccine-Preventable Disease Map and other Health GIS News
The Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington, DC-based think tank, announced today the launch of an interactive map tracking outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
The map, available here, presents data about the location and size of outbreaks, the disease(s) involved, and links to news coverage. The resource currently includes information from 2008 to the present and will be updated weekly. Visitors to the site can contribute information about additional outbreaks for review by CFR staff.
You can embed it and even download the data.
Mapping Our Voices for Equality ( MOVE ), a new online map and digital storytelling website, launches today. MOVE features on-going changes that improve healthy eating and physical activity and create tobacco-free environments in King County [WA]. The website showcases over seventy-five multi-lingual digital stories produced by community members and a local map that illustrates policies changes that are improving health.
As part of measures to eradicate polio in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan has announced that Nigeria will increase its contribution to polio eradication efforts from 2.7 billion Naira in 2011 to 4.8 billion annually, beginning from 2012.
The funding will speed efforts in country and help neighbors as well. One of the key tools of the effort? GIS and GPS.
During the event [Commealth County meeting in Australia], President Jonathan also acknowledged that Nigeria has been utilizing better tools to fight the disease, including GIS maps to help locate children that are frequently missed during vaccination campaigns and GPS to track the movement of vaccinator teams.
Nuffield Health – the UK’s largest healthcare charity - collected data from around 40,000 people keen on improving their fitness. And the figures reveal that London is officially Britain’s fitness hotspot with Bristol taking third place.
This study answered the first two questions of geography: what is where? but failed to address the other two: Why? So What?