Import Ghana Health Facilities

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The goal is to import ~3000 health facilities collected by Ministry of Health under government of Ghana for the 10 administractive regions of Ghana.


  1. Data clean up
  2. Import should start as soon as OSM community comes to an agreement.

Import Data

Data description

The datasets are drawn and generated by the Ministtry of Health, Ghana.

The original dataset consists of 1,096 health facilities entries, in .csv format and uploade to the Ghana Open Data portal. –

The dataset contains 8 fields:

  • Region
  • District
  • FacilityNa
  • Type
  • Town
  • Ownership
  • Latitude
  • Longitude


ODbL Compliance verified: YES

Import Type

The import will be done manually through one job in the HOT Tasking Manager (TM), having for each task of the job only the health facilities nodes that lie within the task tile, in a similar way as it was done for the Central African Republic UNICEF import. For each task, we will first check the MoH nodes to be imported, and second we will assess the data already in the OSM database against the MoH one for the merging of the MoH data into the OSM database. The OSM mappers who will contribute to this import job will follow a detailed workflow to accomplish this.

Data Preparation

Data Reduction & Simplification The data is originally in csv format, in only one file for the whole of Ghana. It was clipped against Ghana country boundary to remove features out of bound which might have been a result from data entry.

Tagging Plans

Each health facility will have the following tags:

MoH Key OSM tag Observations
Type amenity=hospital / amenity=clinic / healthcare=birthing_centre / office=government / [[Key:{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]]=*
All objects source=MoH, Ghana -
Region addr:state=*
District addr:district=* Local goverment
Town addr:place=*
Ownership ownership=* Private / Government
FacilityNa name=* CHPS = Community-Based Health Planning and Services, RCH = Reproductive Child Health

Changeset Tags

We will use the following changeset tags:

Data Transformation

Data is in csv format. It was processed in QGIS to shapefile and converted to .osm format in JOSM.

Data Merge Workflow

Team Approach

Import will be undertaken by experienced OSM mappers, using a import specific OSM user account, following a workflow and working through a HOT Task Manager job similar to the ones set for the import of UNICEF health facilities, schools and water resources in Central African Republic.


The import will be discussed in the import list and in the Talk-gh list.


You can see the workflow here.

Reverse plan

In case of any trouble, JOSM reverter will be used.


The location of the MoH nodes is generally correct or approximate, but following the already mentioned workflow, we will place the nodes in the exact position. For example, for a hospital compound, we will place the node more or less at the centre of it, in case it is not centered.

If other health facilities are encountered, they will be compared with the import ones and merge the data in the best possible way, keeping all info that the old ones may have. In case of doubt, a fixme tag will be placed, the issue will be reported through the comment of the task (tile) of the TM job, and the user that uploaded the old health facility node would be eventually contacted if needed.