Establishing a Demographic, Development and Environmental Geospatial Surveillance Platform in India: Planning and Implementation
Shikha Dixit, Narendra K Arora, Atiqur Rahman, Natasha J Howard, Rakesh K Singh, Mayur Vaswani, Manoja K Das, Faruqueuddin Ahmed, Prashant Mathur, Nikhil Tandon, Rajib Dasgupta, Sanjay Chaturvedi, Jaishri Jethwaney, Suresh Dalpath, Rajendra Prashad, Rakesh Kumar, Rakesh Gupta, Laurette Dube, Mark Daniel
JMIR Public Health and Surveillance | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2018
BACKGROUND: Inadequate administrative health data, suboptimal public health infrastructure, rapid and unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation, and poor penetration of information technology make the tracking of health and well-being of populations and their social determinants in the developing countries challenging. Technology-integrated comprehensive surveillance platforms have the potential to overcome these gaps. OBJECTIVE: This paper provides methodological insights into establishing a geographic information system (GIS)-integrated, comprehensive surveillance platform in rural North India, a resource-constrained setting. METHODS: The International Clinical Epidemiology Network..View full abstract
Awarded by Canadian Institute of Health Research
The authors would like to thank all staff members of the SOMAARTH DDESS who engaged at various stages of the development of the surveillance platform. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the guidance and support provided by all stakeholders, including community members involved in the development of SOMAARTH DDESS. We also acknowledge the financial assistance granted from the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Canadian Institute of Health Research under grant 58/4/1/ICMR-CIHR/2009/NCD II, which supported the building of the initial architecture of the SOMAARTH DDESS.