Data Mapping Key to Track Disease Spread and Plug Health Gaps, Experts Say
By Gareth Willmer
At least half of the global population currently lacks access to essential health services, challenging the ability of development stakeholders to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 over the next 10 years. Many of the hardest-to-reach populations live in rural areas lacking detailed maps, without which health care workers might not even know that these communities exist.
“It sounds almost obvious, but we can’t get a health worker in a community if we don’t know that community exists,” said Avi Kenny, former director of research, monitoring, and evaluation at nonprofit organization Last Mile Health, adding that census data in low- and middle-income countries is often not that good.
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