Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems are essential for modern development work. Their expertise in estimating population density, analysing project data, and understanding the area’s topography has helped to contain outbreaks in the uncharted and remote regions of Northern Nigeria.
eHA has the largest GIS team in West Africa, with capabilities in health mapping, and applying geospatial information in practical ways. The GIS team helps eHA’s field staff to access previously inaccessible regions by creating highly detailed maps of over half of Nigeria’s territory. GIS has mapped boundaries for all administrative regions in the country, as well as the locations of 100,000 health facilities, 500,000 settlements (of which 130,000 are now named), and 200,000 kilometers of roads. GIS data is crucial in identifying missed settlements, microplanning of vaccination campaigns, and mapping accurate routes for vaccine delivery. GIS works across each part of eHA’s portfolio in ensuring accurate information, and reinforces our commitment to data-driven programming as a mechanism of systematically accessing some of the most remote regions of the world.
eHA’s software team delivers over 14 tools to manage health challenges in the most difficult of contexts to ensure there is a greater equity of access to health systems across West Africa. eHA’s software is rigorously tested with all our users from vaccine delivery drivers to health care workers, and uses open-source and community-led technologies to provide powerful, tailored solutions for all parts of the health systems in which we work.
eHA’s software team is based in both Nigeria and Berlin and is able to quickly adapt and tailor tools for all types of health system challenges. Our expertise includes the Kano Connect platform which digitally connects all health facilities in Kano State providing phones for over 1,900 healthcare workers, contributing to the global Ebola response by building cutting edge contact tracing software in Liberia, and data collection tools that measure the rates of malnutrition in Nigerian children. Our technical experts use a ground-up, design-oriented methodology, and develop integrated products that enable all people to live healthier lives.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Research
In 2014, eHA created a Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) department to meet the growing need to provide M&E support to projects and conduct original research. eHA has developed a multiplicity of monitoring and evaluation plans, which are each tailored to meet individual program goals and specific requests from funding organizations.
Our MER experts have assisted with multiple projects, from assessing health care worker perspectives on maternal and neonatal health services in Nigeria, to supporting groundbreaking GIS techniques to model and estimate population density, age ranges, and gender breakdowns across northern Nigeria. In addition to providing consulting services to external partners, the MER department provides internal data analysis support to eHA's program areas to help guide programmatic decisions based on solid data and results.
The MER department has developed rigorous Monitoring, Evaluation and Research-focused tools and resources to strengthen ongoing eHA projects and new proposed work. These tools and resources include, but are not limited to:
- Monitoring tools: logic models, conceptual models, results frameworks, SMART indicator development resources, project monitoring plans, and reporting templates.
- Evaluation resources cover the following areas: study design, survey development, evaluation design and evaluation implementation.
- Research skills: completing literature reviews, proposal development, technical writing (manuscripts, conference presentations etc.), project reporting, ethics reviews, sampling methods and program planning support.