The GIVeS program was developed to improve Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capacity for vector surveillance in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region
The 2016 Zika virus outbreak brought attention to the challenges inherent in the surveillance and control of its primary vector, Aedes aegypti, particularly with respect to the use of Geographic information Systems (GIS). The capacity to use GIS for Ae. aegypti surveillance and control data greatly increases the efficiency of vector control programs to manage their data in a meaningful way.
To address GIS capacity gaps, Emory University's Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and the Integrated Vector Management Team of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partnered to develop and implement the Geographic Information for Vector Surveillance (GIVeS) program.
Four training sessions were held between April-July 2017. Participants, including end users and key decision makers, came from 28 countries in the LAC Region.
To begin, a GIS training needs assessment of 34 countries in the LAC Region was conducted.
Data from this needs assessment was then used to develop an original 5 day curriculum using QGIS (a free, open-source GIS software). The curriculum includes didactic elements, exercises and practical exercises using custom training examples.