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A spatial database of health facilities managed by the public health sector in sub Saharan Africa

A spatial database of health facilities managed by the public health sector in sub Saharan Africa
A spatial database of health facilities managed by the public health sector in sub Saharan Africa

Health facilities form a central component of health systems, providing curative and preventative services and structured to allow referral through a pyramid of increasingly complex service provision. Access to health care is a complex and multidimensional concept, however, in its most narrow sense, it refers to geographic availability. Linking health facilities to populations has been a traditional per capita index of heath care coverage, however, with locations of health facilities and higher resolution population data, Geographic Information Systems allow for a more refined metric of health access, define geographic inequalities in service provision and inform planning. Maximizing the value of spatial heath access requires a complete census of providers and their locations. To-date there has not been a single, geo-referenced and comprehensive public health facility database for sub-Saharan Africa. We have assembled national master health facility lists from a variety of government and non-government sources from 50 countries and islands in sub Saharan Africa and used multiple geocoding methods to provide a comprehensive spatial inventory of 98,745 public health facilities.

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Maina, Joseph, Ouma, Paul O., Macharia, Peter M., Alegana, Victor A., Mitto, Benard, Fall, Ibrahima Socé, Noor, Abdisalan M., Snow, Robert W. and Okiro, Emelda A. (2019) A spatial database of health facilities managed by the public health sector in sub Saharan Africa. Scientific Data, 6 (1), 1-8. (doi:10.1038/s41597-019-0142-2).

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Abstract

Health facilities form a central component of health systems, providing curative and preventative services and structured to allow referral through a pyramid of increasingly complex service provision. Access to health care is a complex and multidimensional concept, however, in its most narrow sense, it refers to geographic availability. Linking health facilities to populations has been a traditional per capita index of heath care coverage, however, with locations of health facilities and higher resolution population data, Geographic Information Systems allow for a more refined metric of health access, define geographic inequalities in service provision and inform planning. Maximizing the value of spatial heath access requires a complete census of providers and their locations. To-date there has not been a single, geo-referenced and comprehensive public health facility database for sub-Saharan Africa. We have assembled national master health facility lists from a variety of government and non-government sources from 50 countries and islands in sub Saharan Africa and used multiple geocoding methods to provide a comprehensive spatial inventory of 98,745 public health facilities.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 June 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 July 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 433672
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433672
PURE UUID: 0692a6bb-38a7-4931-a637-0c114003e17d
ORCID for Victor A. Alegana: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5177-9227

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Date deposited: 30 Aug 2019 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 02:06

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