An important goal for GAHI is capacity building to better target deworming efforts.
Efficiently using these resources, however, requires a technical knowledge base that includes GIS software, GPS devices and data management. We aim to use the expertise of our research team and that of our partners to develop and conduct short courses, develop training materials and impart the skills necessary to make optimal use of our resources.
NTD Mapping Tool
The NTD Mapping Tool is an interactive web-based mapping platform for control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The Tool can visualize the geographical distribution of all of the main preventative chemotherapy (PCT) NTDs: schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis and blinding trachoma. The NTD Mapping Tool also allows visualization of distribution of loiasis, as well as treatment status and new maps on access to improved sanitation and water sources.
Global positioning system (GPS) training manual
Developed in collaboration with the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases, this manual contains information on GPS and using handheld GPS receivers for recording geographical location data. The GPS training manual provides standard operations procedures for different models and uses.
Researchers from Jimma University in Ethiopia and Ghent University in Belgium have produced a series of YouTube tutorials about STH and schistosomiasis diagnostics in order to improve standardization of operational procedures.