ADVANCED VECTOR GIS PROJECT
ACCESSIBILITY OF HEALTH FACILITIES IN HAITI
On October 4th, 2016 Category four Hurricane Matthew hit eastern Haiti, causing catastrophic damage. As of October 10th, the United Nations estimated that 1.4 million people in Haiti are in need of humanitarian assistance, with over 1,000 people dead. The cities of Les Cayes, Port Salut and Jérémie sustained the most damage. This project examined the five most populated cities affected by the hurricane.
Network analysis was used to determine the percentage of households that are accessible to health services, defined as within a 1-hour walk or 5km. This analysis considered building damage from the Copernicus Emergency Management Services (EMS) for each city, alongside Humanitarian OpenStreetMap data for roadways and health facilities. Results indicated decreased accessibility in Jérémie (1%) and Les Cayes (20%), and an average accessibility of 52% for households in our five study areas after the hurricane.
This was a group project done with Kelsey Meisenhelder, M.S. Candidate, Graduate School of Geography.
The research paper for the project can be viewed here.