Date(s) - 09/05/2016 - 12/05/2016
Infectious diseases are emerging/re-emerging in developing countries like Nepal. Preventive measures; diagnosis and treatment are not only key components to control it. For controlling and eliminating it, its distribution nature should be known. Geographical Information System (GIS) is used in epidemiology to identify disease cluster and risk factors associated with it. The four days training work shop on GIS and Spatial Analysis was held from 9th May to 12th May, 2016 at National Zoonoses and Food Hygiene Research Centre, Tahachal, Kathmandu, Nepal. A total 15 participants were present in the training workshop including six one health fellows. Dr. Tenzin, Veterinary epidemiologist/Deputy chief officer, Disease Prevention and control Unit, National Centre for Animal Health, Bhutan was a facilitator. The main objectives of the workshop were:
Be able to use Open Source software to visualize and explore spatial epidemiological information (Quantum GIS, GeoDA, Satscan, Google Earth and GPS)
To provide participants with knowledge and methods to collect, prepare, analyse, and describe spatial epidemiological information (Area data analysis, point data analysis and cluster data analysis)
Modus operandi was presentation/lecture combined with hands-on demo, practical exercises –doing real thing using example questionnaire.