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Pacific islands making the move to electronic data collection

Between 2010 and 2020, many Pacific Islands and Territories have updated their traditional data collection processes, embracing new technologies. The island nations Kiribati and Vanuatu, among others, successfully switched to computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI), a new data management system and a survey monitoring dashboard. The innovations implemented with support from the Pacific Community helped to weather the impact of the pandemic on census activities and to become fit for the purpose of tracking the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Digitising patient records for improved patient care

Blanchard Kablam, a DCDJ Fellow in Côte d’Ivoire, developed MyTrack – an app that digitizes the filing system of Houphouët-Boigny General Hospital. Through the app, the hospital reduced the number of hours spent tracking down patient records by 75% – and can see more patients per day, provide better service, and reduce patients categorized as IIT (interruption in treatment).

Providing a clear picture of the impacts of COVID-19 for the United Kingdom

No one expected our lives to change as much as they did in 2020.

Suddenly, people in all corners of the globe were urged to stay home to protect health services and save lives.

As medics, scientists and decision makers raced to gather information about what was happening, the value of the work by the UK’s already much respected Office for National Statistics (ONS) soared.

There was an overwhelming need for trustworthy, independent and timely statistics on COVID-19 that could be conducted at a national and devolved level.


Allocating resources at an overcrowded hospital in Tanzania

Dr. Omari Mahiza is a pediatrician at Amana Regional Referral Hospital. Situated in the Ilala District at the heart of Dar Es Salaam, Amana primarily serves young children, pregnant women, and the elderly. While there are two other regional referral hospitals in Dar Es Salaam, Amana receives the largest number of patients daily. This is mainly because of its unique location right in the middle of the city.

Asia and the Pacific: geospatial data for health, drought monitoring and clean energy

Geospatial information helps us to understand what is happening where and why. Geospatial data provides the digital connection between location, people, activities, and is an important evidence base for decision-making.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) presents examples in Asia and the Pacific of the diverse use for geospatial information and applications and the vital role they will continue to play in the future.


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