Defining the scope and service provision capacities of Emergency hospital
“OpenStreetMap Senegal are mapping public hospitals in Senegal and updating the emergency health services available. This is part of a larger campaign from healthsites.io to define emergency health services across Africa.”
“We compare open data from OpenStreetMap hospitals with an open data set developed by the KEMRI-Wellcome research program in 2018 and currently hosted by WHO. With the support of Afrimapr, we establish R building blocks to allow personalized analysis using open source packages. We monitor progress in terms of entering additional health facility data into OSM through the Ohsome application developed by HeiGIT and afrihealthsites developed by afrimapr.”
At the start of this project healthsites.io had collected information on 1,221 health facilities in Senegal with most of them based in Dakar. Only partial information was available for all facilities listed in healthsites.io. This meant that most entries did not list details critical to support humanitarian responses.Visit healthsites.io
We take a Human Centered Design to drive the development of baseline health facility data. We invite specialists to share user stories that communicate emergency health needs in parts of the world where service is poor. This helps us identify the baseline health facility attributes to focus on.
When we deconstruct user stories, we can understand what kind of information is needed to support the story. Our examples are deconstructed in the table below…
"As an epidemiologist I want to know the number of hospital beds at a health facility so that I can assess the capacity to manage a disease outbreak event - Beds (no.)"
"As a citizen responding to a road accident I want to know where the nearest emergency facility is so that we can get there quickly - emergency (yes / No) "
Senegal’s OpenStreetMap cartographers called hospitals to confirm available emergency services
Health facility data uploaded to OpenStreetMap by the cartographers
The afrimapr team provide data analysis and comparison with other open health facility dataVisualise data
All materials, including blog posts, images, code, and data created in this project are released under open licenses
The HeiGIT team will facilitate historical comparisons with OSM data via their tool - OHSomeVisualise data
The team will provide updates and lessons learned via blog posts and a project report
HOT is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping.Learn more about HOT