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Application of Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing technologies for assessing and monitoring malaria risk

journal contribution
posted on 2005-03-01, 00:00 authored by P Ceccato, S J Connor, Isabelle Jeanne, M C Thomson
Despite over 30 years of scientific research, algorithm development and multitudes of publications relating Remote Sensing (RS) information with the spatial and temporal distribution of malaria, it is only in recent years that operational products have been adopted by malaria control decision-makers. The time is ripe for the wealth of research knowledge and products from developed countries be made available to the decision-makers in malarious regions of the globe where this information is urgently needed. This paper reviews the capability of RS to provide useful information for operational malaria early warning systems. It also reviews the requirements for monitoring the major components influencing emergence of malaria and provides examples of applications that have been made. Discussion of the issues that have impeded implementation on a global scale and how those barriers are disappearing with recent economic, technological and political developments are explored; and help pave the way for implementation of an integrated Malaria Early Warning System framework using RS technologies.

History

Journal

Parassitologia

Volume

47

Issue

1

Pagination

81 - 96

ISSN

0048-2951

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article