Geo-spatial mapping of health services in slums

Posted by GY_OSM on 10 July 2018 in English (English)

Our ongoing slum mapping project is part of a large-scale international collaboration entitled the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums. Our research unit will focus on health services in slums.

Our objectives are:

  1. To map current health services and facilities and understand how these are used in nine slums across Asia and Africa.
  2. To build on these maps to identify costs associated with how health services run in each site including informal providers, such as traditional healers, and the quality of these services as well as identifying costs to the patient and their households.
  3. To systematically update our knowledge on: a) Disease prevalence in slums; b) Current healthcare provision models in slums and elsewhere in cities to include services which help to prevent disease; and, c) General literature on financing and the design of health services in low and middle income countries.
  4. To generate viable options for health service delivery in slums and cost these options relative to likely benefits.
  5. To work with decision makers and slum communities in designing the models of health service delivery, with a view to a subsequent evaluation of effectiveness and costs of viable options.

Further to the above plan of work we aim to:

  1. Build a research programme which survives after our NIHR funding ceases; and to create a platform of funded activities into the future.

  2. Develop capacity and communities of practice by involving people who can change things in slums, including politicians, civil servants and people who live in slums.

The following are some links to the project:

1) Brief summary of the project:

2) Website for the slum mapping component of the project:

3) Slum mapping team at the University of Warwick:

3.1) João Porto de Albuquerque (Associate Professor):

3.2) Godwin Yeboah (Senior Research Fellow):

3.3) Philipp Ulbrich (Doctoral researcher):

3.4) Vangelis Pitidis (Doctoral researcher):

Location: Kirby Corner, Canley, Coventry, West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands, England, CV4 7JJ, United Kingdom

Comment from Heather Leson on 10 July 2018 at 17:14

Hey have you seen Mark might be a good resource

Good luck on your project!


Comment from GY_OSM on 11 July 2018 at 07:26

Thanks for the good luck wish on our project, Heather!

Yes, I have seen it and actually used data from there for a recent analysis (see:”Exploring Volunteered Geographic Information to Support Urban Development in the global South: Investigating the usability of OpenStreetMap Data to analyse Healthcare Access” -

Are you part of the team?

Regards, Godwin.

Comment from rayKiddy on 13 July 2018 at 18:44

I have been interested in looking at access to groceries and food in US cities. It seems that there is a need for tools that can work with OSM that do some of the following:

  • identify how many Xs there are in geographical area Y
  • export maps of the Xs in geographical area Y
  • describe “coverage” or proximity measures of Xs in geographical area Y
  • describe connectedness to transportation infrastructure of Xs in geographical area Y

We can’t all be wanting to re-invent these same wheels, yes?

Do you know of any tools for this? Or is there something you are using that may be generalizable?

Comment from GY_OSM on 14 July 2018 at 13:47

Yes, there is a need for such tools and I am willing to collaborate on developing the tools needed in your case.

We are currently developing methods mainly for healthcare access but, I have been thinking of food accessibility too as a future project, given that eating unhealthy food has health implications (e.g. obesity etc).

Let’s talk more on this (email is g dot yeboah at warwick dot ac dot uk)?

Best wishes, Godwin.

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