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Re: [Health] [Health-jamaica] Ebola, MERS, Zika, N.N. and GNU Health

From: Christoph H. Larsen
Subject: Re: [Health] [Health-jamaica] Ebola, MERS, Zika, N.N. and GNU Health
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 20:44:16 +0700
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Dear All,

Absolutely, Luis, OSM is the way to go. Integrations abound and, what is more, mappings and trackings can be easily exported, edited, shared, etc. My team did not only map all district surveillance teams in Sierra Leone during the EVD crisis, but also mapped road conditions, relevant infrastructure, etc. on the go, as we used mobile applications to gather a hodgepodge of highly diverse data. One single application (and its plugins) quickly proved to be enormously useful, and that was osmand ( As you can use maps offline, and only depend on the satellite for geolocation, seemingly complex things were very easily accomplished, tracking done, edits added and maps displayed via geo-plugins to our preferred collaborative reporting and wiki tool. (And this would equally apply to CMSs, and of course, with a bit of fine-tuning, GNU Health.) It's fun and can be completed with graphs and dashboard using additional FLOSS software.
Stay well!


On 05/02/16 02:10, Luis Falcon wrote:
Dear Roberto, Armand and team

On Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:43:40 -0200
Roberto Novaes <address@hidden> wrote:

Dear Friends,

I am very glad to participate in this discussion, and I hope to
contribute to it on the limits of my knowledge. I am facing this
discussion as an opportunity to learn from experts on the subject.

I would like to explain in a very brief way our specific plans. I do
not consider myself able to discuss the general subject of NTD. We
have been studying and trying solutions related to Aedes control and
related diseases surveillance.

First, they involve the georreferencing of ovitraps, de colection of
the ovipositioning surfaces and the counting of eggs. We are following
the model currently in use in many Brazilian cities and proposed first
by CDC and improved later. This model is know in the literature as
Reiter model

Second, we are storing those data on a simple module using Tryton and
GNU Health. Each DU has a one-to-many relationship with an ovitrap.
Each ovitrap has a one-to-many relationship with inspection. Each
inspection has many-to-one relationship with an agent, a date and an
egg count. A rough sketch

After that, we are still manually exporting the data to a csv file and
creating a layer for each week on QGIS and producing heatmaps. This
procedure is cumbersome, but as a proof of concept it is working fine.
In the city of Mariana/MG
(,_Minas_Gerais), where we are
running our pilot project we have positioned 30 traps that monitor
7000 inhabitants. We have been so far able to plan, in agreement with
the municipal administration, a number of control actions that would
not have happened without that data.

I think we should take advantage of GNU Health integration with
OpenStreetMap , as we do with the Domiciliary Units and the DU surveys
for Dengue.
There is a nice link at OpenStreeMap GIS integration[1], that I hope
you find it interesting.

To me, we should really take the advantage of the existing integration
of GNU Health with OpenStreetMap, to generate different
types of representation (health events, demographics, etc.. ) . This
also would allow cooperation with other organizations, such as OSM HOT
(Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)[2]

We would need an expert in the GIS area. I think Roberto knows a lot
about GIS, so please let us know your thoughts and advice.

This data in conjunction with data gathered on the domiciliar
inspections would make a great Aedes surveillance system.

Problems we have been facing so far:
Tryton does not have a geospatial set of fields. We could work to
implement them (point, polyline, polygon).
Although Tryton has a nice JS client, I think a complete offline
client would be better, because we would not have to have internet
connections or worry about cellphone bills.

Dr. Christoph has "introduced" me to It seems to be a great
piece of software and a way to build a simple offline "form" to
collect data.

I would also like to stress Dr. Luis idea regarding Aedes control:

In the dengue case, we keep the current functionality
of health_ntd_dengue lab tests, guidelines, etc.. . It will have a
dependency on health_vector_aedes, which will hold the aedes species
known to transmit diseases, and other generic info valid to that
genus. We would move the current DU survey functionality to the
health_vector_aedes module.

I like this idea very much. I think we could have different modules
for different kinds of vector surveys. I think GNU Health/Tryton.

Thank you for bringing up the idea ! I am creating a task for this, so
we can have the new module in Health 3.2


All the best

That is all!

Thanks for the interesting points!

Roberto Novaes

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