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WHO launches new Tropical Data initiative to build on GTMP success

July 2016
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched its Tropical Data initiative to build on the successful Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP), which ended at the beginning of this year.

Tropical Data services support the full survey process, from planning and protocol development through to data management and analysis of the survey data.

The team behind the service is a consortium of scientific, technological and implementation partners that made the GTMP – the largest infectious disease mapping ever undertaken – a success. International Trachoma Initiative provides the core data management service and backstops fieldwork. RTI develops and provides the technology behind the service and supports training-of-trainers sessions. Sightsavers provides project management, documentation, budgeting and training packages. WHO sets standards, provides scientific oversight and protects country interests.

The new initiative will help save on programme costs, provide faster and cleaner data in country and help countries to follow the global standard.

To find out more about the initiative, visit www.tropicaldata.org.

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Tropical Data initiative

This large-scale project uses smartphones to gather data for targeting trachoma treatment as part of the global fight towards trachoma elimination.

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