GIS helps map India’s health facilities

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The National Population Stabilisation Fund or the Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh has used the GIS maps and the 2001 census figures to undertake a unique exercise of mapping the existing health facilities in the country right up to the district level.

The National Population Stabilisation Fund or the Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh has used the GIS maps and the 2001 census figures to undertake a unique exercise of mapping the existing health facilities in the country right up to the district level.
The survey gives a clear picture of the distance of each village from the nearest primary health centre and also highlights inequities in coverage down till every village to enable resources to be targeted where they are most needed, according to a report in The Hindu.

Information is also available on each district, its sub-district, prominent towns and urban areas and ranks the districts as per their health indicators to focus on the areas which need attention

It also highlights the inter-district disparities on contraceptive use, percentage of women having three or more children, and under-five mortality rates, the report says quoting JSK Executive Director Shailaja Chandra.

According to Chandra, the GIS mapping and amalgamation of census data has been completed for the entire country except in the North-Eastern States and Himachal Pradesh due to non-availability of village-level boundary data.

Besides, JSK is now working on a proposal to establish a call centre to give information on sexual health and family planning in English and Hindi using computer-based software. It also plans to set up to a virtual resource centre to provide online access to information on related topics.

Set up as a registered society under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the prime objective of JSK is to achieve national population stabilisation at a level consistent with sustainable development.

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