WHO & UNICEF GIS Working Group for COVAX Innovation

The GIS working group is a joint effort of WHO and UNICEF born out of the COVAX Innovation Working Group. The working group is dedicated to provide technical guidance and support on digital microplanning, one of the areas of digital innovation identified as a priority for COVID19. A global level coordination effort to streamline and coordinate geospatial service and data offerings for countries, reduce transaction costs of leveraging such technologies, and provide for the sustained use of GIS-based digital microplanning solutions beyond the pandemic response​.

Areas of support include:

  • Identify country needs for GIS support and assessment of enabling environment​

  • Match technical GIS solutions and providers to country context​

  • Inform and support countries on fundraising efforts ​

  • Provide guidance and tools for planning, costing and implementation TA​

  • Advise on alignment of deployment with principles of digital development & health system strengthening for sustainability

Digital microplanning involves the use of geospatial data and technologies, including geographic​ information systems (GIS), to support the planning and monitoring of service delivery at the local level of​ health facility and health district ). The digitization of microplans, largely driven by experience learned​ in microplanning for polio, has shown considerable impact on immunization programme coverage, reach,​ accountability and efficiency . Using spatial data on the location of populations, health resources and​ the surrounding environment in a GIS environment, digital microplanning can ensure all populations are​ accounted for, identify gaps in population equitable access to care, and optimize planning for outreach​ activities to ensure equitability and reach of services. Given the cross-sectoral nature of the data​ involved, digital microplanning investment also holds significant potential to strengthen the health​ system and improve coordination across programmes, such as EPI, surveillance, broader PHC, as well as​ supporting community health system strengthening.​

The WHO & UNICEF GIS Working Group for COVAX Innovation is working under the auspices of the COVID Digital Health Centre of Excellence (DICE). The multi-agency COVID-19 Digital Health Center of Excellence (DICE) is co-led by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide coordinated technical assistance to national governments and partners on COVID-19 vaccine delivery.

Working Group Core partners include: The Global Fund, Gavi, The World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CDC, and FCDO.

Working Group is facilitated by DevGlobal Partners

Working Group Tools and Information Products

How digital microplans support the equitable distribution of the Covid-19 vaccination.

Summary of current technical partners of the GIS Group and their offerings/expertise.

Summary of technical partners use-cases and lessons learned.

The Rapid Country Assessment Survey is a way to initiate a country request for support from the GIS Working group.

Leveraging GIS-based microplanning in Global Fund proposals for COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM) 2021

A summary of the GIS Working Group goals, and core partners.

Funding Resources

Other Resources

  • Implementation playbook (Coming Soon)


This event included a series of speakers to inform WHO country and regional offices about available GIS support for COVAX vaccine rollout and COVID-19 response, including various funding options support digital microplan implementation.

This webinar informed on digitally enabled health interventions to support equitable COVID-19 vaccine deployments.

Additional Resources

Exploring current approaches to leaving no child behind with immunisation by harnessing geospatial technologies and GIS to improve immunisation coverage and equity in low- and middle-income countries