The GIVeS program aims to improve Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capacity for disease vector surveillance. It targets operational staff by developing and delivering accessible trainings.

From the 2016 Zika emergency and the 2014 Ebola emergency, we learned, it is clear that investments in health systems strengthening and emergency preparedness are critical. There are many key attributes of surveillance and control of disease outbreaks; however, this data no matter the context is inherently spatial. For effective and efficient prevention and control, programs need to understand where problems are located. An ability to manage and present disease data spatially via GIS created maps improves the efficiency of evidence-based decisions in times where time and resources are limited. GIS facilitate the manipulation, storage and display of key data. For vector-borne diseases, control programs might use GIS to survey and monitor vector distribution and abundance, as well as track the numbers and locations of disease cases.

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Curriculum Materials

Tier 1 training materials are available in three languages: Spanish, English, and French (forthcoming). These materials include a detailed manual introducing concepts and step-by-step guides to the practical exercises, as well as a flash drive providing all the data required for the practical exercises.

The Tier 2 training materials are not currently available, but will be made freely available as soon as possible.

Training Inquiries

The GIVeS training are critical preparedness, systems strengthening, and capacity building opportunities for countries and programs around the world. The GIVeS team is available to conduct trainings for your programming. If you would like to know more please contact or