Mapping leprosy patients and notification rates is an important first step in identifying priority areas for targeted interventions and monitoring and evaluating leprosy control programmes. A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data. A GIS can be used to study the spatial distribution of leprosy patients, identify risk areas and areas for special interventions, to monitor interventions and to improve access to care. By creating this dossier we want to emphasize on the importance of the use of GIS in leprosy control and stimulates leprosy control programmes and other organisations to use it.

Please contact Mirjam Bakker or Infolep for further information.


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