Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2016)
Monitoring of malaria prevalence using GIS technology (A case study of Kitwe district clinics, Zambia)
Author(s): Zita Lifelo, Nchimunya Chaamwe, Maybin Lengwe
Abstract: This study aims to determine how GIS technology can be used to obtain accurate and timely information about malaria in Kitwe district of Zambia. To better understand community needs and burden of malaria illness managed by health workers, a geospatial analysis at the sub-district level was performed on malaria patient health registries. The study was conducted to identify high incidences of malaria illness, in 32 clinics within the district. All cases of both confirmed and clinical malaria over a time-period of twelve months, for each clinic were geocoded for geospatial analyses. Of the 32 clinics, 22 clinics were geocoded and mapped. Results were used to create thematic maps illustrating disease distribution and incidence for malaria in the clinics.