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Who We are

We are a group of mappers based in Bangladesh.

We voluntarily contribute to collecting and integrating geospatial data for communicable disease control in Bangladesh.

The core of GroupMappers comprises twenty volunteer members with expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from different companies, universities, colleges and other organizations in Bangladesh together with staff from Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) and the Department of Disease Control, Directorate General of Health Services in Bangladesh. GroupMappers is Organized by MORU Epidemiology Department and is funded by a Public Engagement Bursary from the Wellcome Trust.

আমাদের পরিচয়

আমরা বাংলাদেশে অবস্থিত মানচিত্র অঙ্কনে সহায়তা প্রদানকারী একটি দল।

আমরা বাংলাদেশের রোগ নিরীক্ষণ কার্যক্রমে ভূতাত্ত্বিক তথ্য সংগ্রহ ও সম্পৃক্ত করার জন্য স্বেচ্ছাসেবক হিসেবে কাজ করছি।

আমরা প্রাথমিকভাবে বাংলাদেশের বিভিন্ন রোগ নিয়ন্ত্রণ কর্মসূচীতে ভূতাত্ত্বিক তথ্য সংগ্রহ, ব্যবস্থাপনা ও ভৌগোলিক তথ্য পদ্ধতির (জিআইএস) মাধ্যমে মানচিত্র তৈরিতে কারিগরি সহায়তা প্রদান করে থাকি। দেশের বিভিন্ন সংস্থা, বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় এবং কলেজ থেকে বিশজনের স্বেচ্ছাসেবক সদস্য নিয়ে একটি মূল বিশেষজ্ঞ দল গঠন করা হয়েছে। ওয়েলকাম ট্রাস্টের অর্থায়নে মাহিদোলঅক্সফোর্ড ট্রপিকাল মেডিসিন রিসার্চ ইউনিটের (MORU) এপিডেমিওলজি বিভাগ দ্বারা GroupMappers-এর কার্যক্রম পরিচালিত হয়।

What We Do

We support communicable disease control programs under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) in Bangladesh…..

Where We Work

GroupMappers volunteers are based in Bangladesh where the initial goal is to map communities in selected rural areas…..

How We Work

We work collectively by engaging groups of volunteers for collection of geospatial data and crowdsourcing of placenames…..

Vision of GroupMappers

GroupMappers is a youth-based non-profit voluntary organization consisting of experts and students from multiple colleges, universities and companies, each equipped with solid proficiency in Geographic Information System (GIS) and is engaged in using geospatial data for communicable disease control in Bangladesh.

The prime objective of GroupMappers is – Micro-level community mapping with the aim to tackle the lack of information and bridging inaccessibility, to promote sustainable resource consumption and allocation through the development of simple, rapid and low-cost methods for mapping remote areas which are effortlessly understandable to anyone including policy makers.

The ultimate vision of GroupMappers proposes a set of concrete measures to create an inclusive Geoinformatics-based platform, assembling a pool of highly skilled youths to generate data which will be made publicly available online to maximize both the benefits of use and range of potential applications, such as aiding in crucial decision and policy making. Though the primary premise of work of GroupMappers is Bangladesh, in the long run, the activities are to be expanded to other countries in South and South-east Asia.

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COVID-19 Mapping Risk Zone of Bangladesh

GroupMappers prepared a risk zoning map of Bangladesh during COVID-19 situation to assist the government in planning COVID response. This work is conducted to assist the Innovative (A2I) Program of the ICT Department supported by the Cabinet Division and UNDP, The positive patient data was provided to map cluster and define risk zones in Dhaka […]

Accessibility and Population Movement Analysis

GroupMappers, a group of volunteers, is a Bangladesh-based crowdsourcing initiative consisting of citizen scientists actively collaborating to develop nascent methodologies to assist our goal of eliminating diseases, thereby serving the needs of our remote communities, organized by the Epidemiology Department of Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), Thailand. GroupMappers has been in operation since 2017 […]

Phase-1 : To map the communities in Southeast Bangladesh (Part of Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar and Rangamati)

This was an unfunded pilot project run by the members of GroupMappers in Bangladesh. The study area was covered in most areas of Bandarban and a few areas of Rangamati and Cox’s Bazar districts in southeastern Bangladesh. The main objective of the study was to develop a simple, low cost and time efficient method of geospatial […]

Phase-2 : To map the communities in Southeast Bangladesh (Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Khagrachhari and Rangamati)

A major constraint for infectious disease surveillance and planning healthcare delivery in resource-poor countries is a lack of accurate information on the locations and sizes of settlements in rural areas. In many countries, lists and maps of villages are missing, incomplete and/or out of date. Collecting this information using conventional methods, e.g. in a population […]

recent Events

GroupMappers Workshop

10:00 AM, 15 October, 2017

Cadet College Club Limited, Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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