Ghana Health Service Honored for Special Achievement in GIS

Geographic Information System Provider Esri, awards Ghana Health Service at Virtual User Conference

REDLANDS, Calif.—July 22nd, 2021—Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, presented Ghana Health Service with Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 12, 2021, at the annual Esri User Conference (Esri UC), which was presented in a completely virtual format. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, Ghana Health Service received the award for its innovative use of mapping and analytics technology, as well as leadership in the field of Public Health.

The SAG Awards are intended to demonstrate an appreciation for organizations using GIS to understand complex data and meet challenges around the world. The users honored with awards are demonstrating all the groundbreaking possibilities of GIS software.

“Meeting our users in person is part of what makes Esri UC so special to me and everyone I work with, but the health of participants is paramount,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. “As always, I am honored to present these awards to all the organizations recognized for the bold examples they set applying geospatial technologies to their important work in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors.”

During the outbreak of the Global Pandemic, Ghana Health Service sought to utilize the most responsive health platform for monitoring the fight against COVID-19, hence the integration of ArcGIS Systems into their workflow. The main project goal for adopting esri’s technology was to use GIS to provide evidence based interventions aimed at controlling the current and future epidemics.

According to Ghana Health Service, controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana was the main priority.. They prudently used ArcGIS to perform a series of data collection and analysis to draw concrete reports on the spread of COVID-19 within the country as these reports became very essential in the validation of all policies made by the government in relation to the pandemic.

Ghana Health Service was one of 193 organizations to be honored in 2021. Esri staff annually nominate hundreds of candidates from around the world for consideration, and Dangermond selects the finalists

For more information on how Ghana Health Service is innovating through the use of geospatial technology, visit

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