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Geographic Information Systems and health: application to Antananarivo city

journal contribution
posted on 2001-01-01, 00:00 authored by R V Randremanana, R Migliani, S Rakotomanga, Isabelle Jeanne
The general health status of the population in the capital, Antananarivo, is determined by a number of different socio-economical and environmental factors. A study was undertaken in 1998 by which the Geographic Information System (GIS) was implemented in order to describe characteristics in town areas (fokontany) suffering from a high disease burden. It was observed that there was a heterogeneous distribution of health care supporting facilities in comparison to population density in the different areas of the capitol. A risk-score system by use of an image-technique was elaborated. The most important problem encountered in the study was the reduced availability of standardized collected data. The results suggest that GIS constitutes a useful tool in assessment of urban health problems in order to identify fokontany in particular need of additional health care support.

History

Journal

Archives de l'Institut Pasteur de Madagascar

Volume

67

Issue

1-2

Pagination

74 - 78

ISSN

0020-2495

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article