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GIS Can Improve Maternal and Newborn Health

March 20, 2017

In a recent article in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, JSI's Vikas Dwivedi and other JSI staff from the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Project (MCSP) recommend that geographic information systems (GIS) be used as part of the broader effort to end preventable maternal and newborn mortality.

The paper's recommendations were generated from a technical consultation on reporting and mapping maternal and newborn deaths held in Washington, DC from January 12 to 13, 2015 and hosted by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) and MCSP.  Approximately 72 participants from over 25 global health organizations, government agencies, donors, universities, and other groups participated.
The meeting emphasized how improved use of mapping could contribute to the post-2015 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agenda in general and to better maternal health outcomes in particular.

Data visualization using mapping and geospatial analyses play a significant role in addressing the emerging need for improved spatial investigation at subnational scale through: 1) mapping key maternal and newborn service provision indicators as well as associated determinants; 2) analyzing geographic access to maternal and newborn health services, e.g., access to emergency obstetric care; and 3) modeling potential actions to identify how best to increase access those services. Read the full article in BMC Pregnancy and ChildBirth.