Title: Evaluating Built Environment Impact To Alleviate Public Health Constraints in Urban El Salvador
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP 2005) ranks El Salvador 104 out of 177 countries, based on indicators of life expectancy at birth, adult literacy rate, school enrollment, and GDP per capita. Health conditions are recognized as poor in El Salvador because of inadequate infrastructure, natural disasters, poverty, and a lack of health care resources. Poor health conditions are present throughout the country, but there are challenges to investigate with a smaller geographic scope in urban and rural parts of the country. In order to identify socio-economic and built environment impacts in an urban context, spatial pattern analysis regarding social determinants of health was initiated in the City of Santa Ana. The results provide our clients with a realistic estimation of existing health risks, enabling more effective discussion around possible health infrastructure investment.
The project made use of the DataXLat’s data acquisition strategies and technologies in order to obtain the most up to date publicly available data in El Salvador. This includes data from multiple ministry sites such as the data portal from the Centro Nacional De Registros (CNR) or in English, the National Registry Center of El Salvador and El Salvador’s most recent census.
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