On 15 Oct, the Bangladesh GroupMappers held their first work workshop at the Cadet College Club, Dhaka. About 20 volunteer GroupMappers attended the workshop, which was led by MORU Epidemiology GIS Specialist Sazid Ibna Zaman, with support from Study Coordinator Didar Uddin, Dr. Ipsita Sinha and Richard Maude, Head of Epidemiology.

GroupMappers is a citizen science initiative led by Mr. Zaman to crowdsource mapping of remote areas of Bangladesh. A group of 20 volunteer mappers consisting of experts and students from different universities and government offices in Dhaka worked together on collecting and integrating geospatial information into disease surveillance systems for Bangladesh.

Special thanks for their insights go to Anjan Saha, NMEP Management Information System specialist and MORU Epidemiology’s Didar Uddin, who is currently travelling around the Chittagong Hill Tracts mapping remote villages. This was the inaugural session with mappers establishing a core group that will continue to work collaboratively on methodology development and data collection in the coming months. Watch this space!

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