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GDEST 2008 Conference Sessions 

Theme 1 - Observing Africa
Geospatial analysis and decision support for Health Services Planning in Uganda
Shuaib Lwasa, Urban Harvest, Uganda

The role of geospatial technologies in planning and management of location-based services has been underscored by the several studies related to social services provision. As the utilization of geospatial techniques continues to surge, spatial information has become an integral part of the decisions making processes. In Uganda the utilization of geospatial techniques in provision of health services has gained momentum after a complete survey of health units and development of a national health services geodatabase. Planning for the provision of health infrastructure services requires quality information to rationalize the location and allocation of services in relation to population to ensure social sustainability. Health service planners are always faced with a question of where to locate services in relation to need and how such distribution would be affected by resources to meet the requirements of the population. Because resources are scarce, prioritization is indispensable and such analysis becomes important in the planning process. This paper analyzes access to health facilities using the population gridding approach coupled with location of health infrastructure facilities for decision support in health services planning.