Jaime Chang N., M.D. M.Sc. CHDC
AffiliationInstituto Nacional de Salud
Ministerio de Salud
Project and Training DatesFalciparum malaria in the Department of Loreto, Peru
June - July 1997
Objectives of Visit, as Initially Proposed
Accomplishments during VisitThe work was mainly focused on acquiring knowledge and skills in the interpretation of RS images, using the images and data sets described above after learning the basics of the ERDAS-Imagine and ArcInfo computer programs. It should be made clear that learning how to use the programs was not an objective in itself. Rather, the emphasis was put on the interpretation of the images.
Following initial training on a California dataset, work was continued with two Landsat-TM images (1987 and 1996) acquired over the Department of Loreto, focusing on the agricultural area along the Nanay River, near the City of Iquitos, where falciparum malaria has become a health problem in the last two years. Maps of the Loreto Department and basic epidemiological data on falciparum malaria in the Department were also used. It was planned to analyze the information contained in the images along with updated epidemiological data.
Future activitiesDr. Chang expects it will be possible to work with the Director of Epidemiology of the Direccion Regional de Salud de Loreto, to make use the of the data now available in the study and control of falciparum malaria.
With the support of other organizations currently working with RS and GIS in other fields, the basic knowledge and skills acquired will be transferred to post-graduate students in epidemiology and public health both at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. The objective of this is to contribute to building a critical mass of health workers acquainted with RS who can determine the most appropriate way to apply these tools in research and service activities, as well as to transfer the knowledge and skills acquired to other health workers.
Two new projects have been proposed to be undertaken on a collaborative basis with CHAART as a result of this training: