I learned about a great resource yesterday for those working to improve the lives of women and girls, Girls Discovered: Global Maps of Adolescent Girls. The website has three main sections: Maps and Data, Sunita’s Story, and Take Action. The project is a collaborative effort of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls and Maplecroft.
The Maps and Data section has a nearly endless number of interactive maps and data sets focused on adolescent girls around the world across a number of health, education, social, economic, and population indices. Several of the maps provide interesting information about maternal health or issues impacting maternal health around the world–such as abortion legalization, age specific fertility, global anemia rates, births attended by skilled personnel, and several more.
Sunita’s Story seamlessly combines photos and narrative with maps and data to tell the personal story of one girl in India, Sunita–while also presenting the national burden and geographic distribution of the issues that she faces throughout her life. The presentation is simple and clean, making the information easy to consume.
The Take Action section has three PDF downloadable plans for taking action to address the issues of adolescent girls that are mapped on this site. There is a global action plan, a national action plan for India, and local action plan for India.
I encourage you to explore the site–it is a remarkable resource for those working on any of the various issues impacting adolescent girls and young women around the world.
Description of the project:
“The welfare of adolescent girls is crucial in determining economic and social outcomes for countries today, and in the future. For girls to become healthy mothers, productive citizens and economic contributors, their unique needs must be seen and understood.
Yet today, adolescent girls are undercounted and so underserved. Counting them is the first step to increasing their visibility.
Girls Discovered takes that first step. As a comprehensive source of maps and data on the status of adolescent girls worldwide, Girls Discovered helps donors, policy makers and implementing agencies target their investments.
This one-stop shop for information on adolescent girls is sourced from organizations operating in the public interest, and is meant for researchers, practitioners, advocates, policy-makers and the public – anyone who seeks change for the world’s 600 million adolescent girls.”
Mapping for Maternal Health:
A number of organizations have recently started using mapping technologies to provide visual representation of research and data while others are using mapping tools to link organizations working in maternal health in an effort to build a stronger and more interconnected community of maternal health professionals.
Take a look at a few of the maternal health maps I have visited recently. Several are interactive and allow for user-generated content!
- Countries Resized Relative to Maternal Deaths (Show World)
- Girls Discovered: Global Maps of Adolescent Girls
- Interactive Map Highlighting Maternal Mortality Over Time (IHME)
- JSI Initiatives to Improve Women’s Health (John Snow, Inc)
- Mapping Maternal Health (Maternova)
- Maternal Health Knowledge Hubs (MHTF)
- Maternal Mortality (WorldMapper)
- MPH Programs Offering a Concentration in Maternal Health (MHTF)
- Organizations Working in Maternal Health (MHTF)
- Static Maps Illustrating Annual Rates of Change in MMR (IHME)
If you know of other maternal health mapping initiatives, please let me know in the comments section of this post!