The southern African Kingdom of Swaziland is leading the way in the global fight against malaria and is on the verge of making history by eliminating malaria from its borders.
Swaziland is poised to totally eliminate malaria inside its borders by the end of 2016, according to the Kingdom of Swaziland National Malaria Control Programme. If the country achieves malaria elimination, it will be the first country in southern Africa to achieve zero local cases. Swaziland’s malaria cases decreased by 99 percent between 2000 and 2014 due to the Kingdom's comprehensive malaria elimination efforts which are considered a model of best practices for malaria control and elimination.
The Malaria Elimination Initiative within the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has contacted the Missing Maps project and asked for our help in completing a comprehensive building foot print map to aid their upcoming field work in 2016 as part of a final push at the total elimination of malaria in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
By helping map buildings you can play a part in this incredible effort to totally eradicate malaria from Swaziland by the end of 2016, a disease that once caused as many as 45,000 cases a year in Swaziland.
The building footprints you create as part of this project will be used by government health officers, NGO's and epidemiologists to support almost every aspect of their eradication efforts. These maps will be use for overall malaria surveillance programs, case tracking and management, coordination of indoor residual spraying programs (IRS), distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLIN), as well as information, education, and communication (IEC) campaigns.
The Missing Maps project aims to map the most vulnerable places in the world (affected by humanitarian crises: disease epidemics, conflict, natural disasters, poverty, environmental crises). Building on HOT's disaster preparedness projects, the Missing Maps tasks facilitate pre-emptive mapping of priority countries to better facilitate disaster response, medical activities and resource allocation when crises occur.
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- Entities to Map
- buildings only
- Changeset Comment
- #hotosm-project-2001 #MissingMaps mapping buildings for #Swaziland Malaria Elimination Program. When saving your work, please leave the default comment but add what you actually mapped, for example "added buildings and a residential road".
Project Specific Mapping Notes
- Only buildings need to be mapped
- Forest! - Some task squares (especially in the west of the project) will be only forest (or farmland), please just double check for buildings and then mark them done.
- Clouds! - Some of this is covered by clouds in the Bing imagery. Try switching to MapBox imagery, first. If that's no good, please just look really close and map as much as you can, and then leave a comment in the box before you click "Mark task as done" or "Stop mapping" and say "Cloudy :("
- Pictures: We collected flickr pictures of the landscape and types of buildings you will most commonly be mapping
- Mapping Video: We created a quick 18 minute video that shows exactly how to map this project.
- Please accurately outline all the buildings you can find. The outline should be for the full size of the building even if it is partly covered by trees in the imagery.
- After drawing the outline, use the 's' key in the web editor to "square" the corners.
- In the iD web editor, a circle building can be made by drawing a triangle and then pressing the "o" key.
- Many buildings are very close, but do not actually touch each other, try to map them close to each other without letting them connect or share nodes with each other, roads or residential area outlines.
- In the iD web editor, the first time you map a building you will use the "Building" category and then at the bottom of the list select "Building" again, this is the most generic building tag we can use as we almost never can tell the more specific use of any building from imagery alone.