Chapel Hill, NC: MEASURE Evaluation, 2010. 162 p.
CODIST I Pre-Conference Workshop, Addis Ababa/Ethiopia, April 27, 2009
In a first of its kind meeting, representatives of government health and mapping agencies from throughout Africa met and committed to working jointly to combat HIV/AIDS as part of the CODIST I pre-conference workshop. The workshop, Enlisting National Mapping Agencies in the Fight against HIV/AIDS: Building Partnerships with Ministries of Health and Social Services, and National AIDS Commissions, which was held April 27, 2009, at the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was organized by MEASURE Evaluation with support from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Co-sponsoring the workshop with MEASURE Evaluation was the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The workshop represents the first time government representatives from the health and mapping sectors have met on such a large scale to harmonize national efforts to combat HIV/AIDS more effectively. The use of geographic approaches in the fight against HIV/AIDS is increasing. Often, however, ministries of health (MOHs), national AIDS councils (NACs) and other social service ministries lack capacity to use spatial data and tools, such as geographic informationásystems (GIS) and digital globes. MOHs and NACs could benefit from building linkages with existing in-country capacity and national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) efforts. NSDI initiatives guide the development of standardized spatial data and capacity to collect, manage and use spatial data at local, national and global scales. Many countries in Africa have an established NSDI initiative, and through such initiatives have built in-county capacity for the creation and use of spatial data and tools. National mapping agencies (NMAs) are, for most countries, the entity responsible for coordinating NSDI efforts and are sources of expertise in the creation, maintenance, and use of spatial data and knowledge of GIS software. The workshop, which drew 164 of its 187 participants from 29 African countries, sought to initiate a pan-African community of practice to increase involvement of MOHs, NACs and other social service ministries in the NSDI process.
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