Public Health

Addressing Malaria and Other Vector-Borne Diseases through GIS: Insights and Resources

As we mark World Malaria Day, I’d like to reflect on the significant strides made and the relentless efforts needed to combat malaria and other vector-borne diseases. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have proven instrumental in these efforts, providing relevant insights that drive strategic decisions and interventions. This blog will delve into how GIS aids in mosquito surveillance and control, offering a range of educational materials and resources to further our collective endeavor.

The Role of GIS in Vector-Borne Disease Management

GIS technology offers a robust platform for mapping and analyzing the distribution of vector populations, environmental conditions, and human demographics. These capabilities enable public health officials to identify high-risk areas, optimize resource allocation, and implement targeted control measures. Whether it’s malaria, Zika, or even other vector-borne diseases, GIS provides a comprehensive toolkit for enhancing disease surveillance and response strategies.

Educational Materials and Resources

Practical GIS Solutions

Case Studies and Success Stories

Learning Opportunities

Engagement and Further Learning

For those looking to deepen their understanding or inquire about specific projects, consider reaching out via or exploring the ArcGIS access options. Additionally, the Global public health grant program for ArcGIS offers opportunities for those seeking to leverage GIS for health initiatives.

GIS is more than just a tool; it’s a part of the solution in our global fight against vector-borne diseases. By harnessing the power of geospatial data, we can create more effective interventions and a healthier future. Let’s continue to explore and expand the potential of GIS in public health, empowering professionals and communities alike to stand resilient against the threat of diseases like malaria.

About the author

Dr. Este Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, CPH, GISP, is the Chief Medical Officer at Esri where she leads strategy and messaging for the Health and Human Services sector. Dr. Geraghty has been with Esri since 2014 and has led business development and solution development in the market. During her time at Esri, Dr. Geraghty has helped organizations around the world use location intelligence to combat Zika virus, finish the fight against polio, grapple with the opioid crisis, combat homelessness, enhance health preparedness and response, inform strategic planning, optimize healthcare access, and traverse the COVID-19 pandemic while tackling inequity. Formerly the Deputy Director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics with the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Geraghty led the state vital records and public health informatics programs. There she engaged in statewide initiatives in meaningful use, health information exchange, open data and interoperability. While serving as an Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at the University of California at Davis she conducted research on geographic approaches to influencing health policy and advancing community development programs. In addition to her degrees in Medicine, Medical Informatics and Public Health, Dr. Geraghty is also a board-certified public health professional (CPH) and a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).


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