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GIS Tools for TB Programme Monitoring and Evaluation in Ethiopia


This projects promotes the application of the Geographic Information System (GIS) tools by applying geo-visualisation techniques and spatial analysis to routinely collected TB data. Tools and techniques providing information essential for a better understanding and effective targeting of supervision and remedial actions to improve TB program and its supporting TB laboratory services were developed as part of this project.

Managing TB’s heterogeneity

The greatest pitfall in the control of tuberculosis is the negligence of the heterogeneity of the disease burden. Disease control can only be effective if its implementation if it is well designed, planned, monitored and evaluated. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) form a high potential, yet underutilised as a tool to assist the public health officials to assess burden and monitor its trend, to analyse its risk factors or determinants, and to develop policy, advocate for resources, implement interventions and raise questions for further research.

Creating answers and abilities

KIT Royal Tropical Institute epidemiologists and GIS experts developed a set of analytical and standardised mapping applications. These applications help to overcome constraints to monitoring programme implementation and performance and increased the local capacity for using GIS.

Continued use of these applications will allow TB programme managers and coordinators to conduct critical spatial appraisals of programme performance and to make optimal use of available health information.

During a one-week workshop these tools were presented to various end-users working in TB-prevention and control in Ethiopia. Participants were trained in the use of TB programme Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) indicators as well as a basic understanding of data management and quality checks.

Finally, GIS operational skills were strengthened by completing a number of interactive exercises using actual regional TB – program data.

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Services delivered

  • Data mapping & visualization

  • Training, Coaching & Education

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute provides tailor-made training to clients such as educational and research institutes, NGOs and local or national governments and ministries across the globe. Our programmes are specifically designed to address the unique objectives and capacities of the requesting organisation. For example, one of the challenges faced by an NGO in Afghanistan was how to effectively reach women in its programme as well as how to recruit and retain female staff. KIT designed a training on gender mainstreaming and health governance to address this and other challenges faced by the NGO.  We also offers Masters programmes and advanced courses designed to equip health professionals with the skills and expertise necessary to address public health challenges around the world. By bringing together people from different countries and regions, KIT’s international courses create a forum for linking and exchanging experiences among a broad range of development practitioners.  Finally, through training, consultancy and coaching services, KIT’s Intercultural Professionals unit provides a comprehensive approach to effective intercultural communication and cooperation. By demonstrating the value of cultural awareness and sensitivity, culture-specific insights and intercultural competencies, Intercultural Professionals helps NGOs, governments, corporate entities, leaders & professionals to enhance their business offering and integrate inclusive policies into their global or local operations. 

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