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Jamaica donates millions to aid data mapping project

Dr Fenton FergusonJamaica: The Jamaica National Building Society Foundation has donated a sum of $6.8 million to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Data Mapping Project. The project, which is in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Violence Prevention Alliance and Mona GeoInformatics, will, among other things, seek to chart and analyse the burden of violence and motor vehicle-related injuries on hospital services across the island, with emphasis on the UHWI. Additionally, the mapping will identify geographic areas which have a higher concentration of incidents to allow for prevention programmes to target those specific areas.

“The study will help the ministry to identify communities that are most affected by these injuries; and will allow us to allocate our already-limited resources to communities that need it the most. Having this data will help us to create appropriate policy framework to improve the sector. For instance, the National Road Safety Council, among other stakeholders, will be able to use the data from the project to guide their work,” said Dr Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health, Jamaica.

Source: Jamaica gleaner