GIS Capacity Building for NPHIL and MOH, Liberia

Participants working independently during GIS capacity building training at Sinkor, May 2022

On May 2-4, 2022, AFENET Liberia conducted a three-day capacity building on the Geographic Information System (GIS) for seven staff from the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and the Ministry of Health (MOH), Liberia. The training was in line with the Implementing Work Plan for AFENET Liberia by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide geospatial mapping technical assistance to the NPHIL for routine, emergency response, and public health scientific purposes. The training was held at the AFENET Liberia Office in Sinkor, Monrovia.

The training employed both didactic and practical methods of facilitation. Trainees were guided through GIS fundamentals, mapping using location coordinates, and mapping without spatial coordinates. Eighty-six percent of participants never had any previous experience with spatial mapping software. At the end of the training, they could use ArcGIS Pro to produce many types of maps using location coordinates.