Improving Urban and Peri-urban Health Outcomes Through Early Detection and Aid Planning

  • Kathryn GraceEmail author
  • Alan T. Murray
  • Ran Wei
Part of the Global Perspectives on Health Geography book series (GPHG)


Chronic food insecurity significantly constrains short- and long-term health, as well as the development of individuals and households, ultimately impacting economic progress in some of the poorest and fastest growing communities on the planet. One of the strategies used to combat household- and individual-level food insecurity is food aid. Ensuring that food aid reaches the neediest people, however, is an ongoing challenge. In this chapter, we explore the use of geospatial technologies as part of a framework for improving food aid targeting in Bamako, Mali. We develop and apply quantitative models that rely on remotely sensed data and health survey data to highlight the importance of different aspects of demand for food aid in urban spaces. The results highlight the usefulness of this approach for food aid planning in urban areas where food need is unevenly distributed over a densely populated area.


Spatial optimization Geospatial technologies GIS Remote sensing Food security 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, Environment and SocietyUniversity of MinnesotaTwin CitiesUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  3. 3.School of Public Policy and Center for Geospatial SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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