Geographic Information Systems
in Health (GIS-EPI)
The Health Analysis and Information Systems Area's (AIS) project on Geographic
Information Systems in Health (GIS-EPI) was created with the objective to
contribute to the strengthening of health workers' capacity for epidemiological
analysis by providing efficient tools with GIS-Epi to facilitate such tasks.
These computerized tools permit the health situation analysis, monitoring,
and evaluation of an interventions effectiveness that are required for decision-making
and planning in health.
In order to achieve the above objective, examples of GIS-Epi applications
were developed in various areas of health, training materials were prepared,
courses and workshops were offered, and the network of users was strengthened.
What is GIS-EPI?
This concept involves the design, development, and use of GIS tools and their
application for the description of the health situation, epidemiological analysis,
and public health management.
PAHO/AIS GIS-EPI for the Americas Project
- Strengthen the national epidemiological capacity including situation analysis,
health surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of disease prevention, and
health promotion activities.
- Strengthen the analytical and epidemiological capacity of managers and health
decision-makers in PAHO's Secretariat and enhance technical cooperation.
- Strengthen methodological approaches for the monitoring of inequalities
and inequities in health and for the impact assessment of population-based
- Promotion of the use and
development of GIS-Epi applications.
- Promotion of a network of Multidisciplinary Collaborating Groups in GIS-Epi
in the Americas.
- Provision of direct training and development of training materials for end
- Development of a simple software based on the needs of GIS-Epi users.
- Establishment of a clearinghouse of geographic bases of the Western Hemisphere.
- Development of GIS extensions for the Basic Indicators and the Mortality
and Population Information Systems