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J Biomed Inform. 2009 Aug;42(4):748-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2009.04.008. Epub 2009 May 6.

Health GIS and HIV/AIDS studies: Perspective and retrospective.

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Geomatics Division, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, Uttarakhand, India.


GIS (Geographic Information System) is a useful tool that aids and assists in health research, health education, planning, monitoring and evaluation of health programmes that are meant to control and eradicate certain life threatening diseases and epidemics. HIV/AIDS is one such epidemic that poses a serious challenge and threatens the overall human welfare. This communication is an attempt to link and understand the health scenario in a GIS context with emphasis on HIV/AIDS. Various GIS based functionalities for health studies and their scope in analyzing and controlling epidemiological diseases are explored. Overall scenario of the spread of HIV/AIDS around the world is presented along with the Indian perspective. Finally, we conclude with the general management problems, issues and challenges related to HIV/AIDS prevailing in India.

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