Innovation & Technology

Reflections on the First UN Expert Meeting on Humanitarian UAVs

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The first-ever meeting of the United Nations (UN) expert advisory group on humanitarian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) met Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York City.  I was joined with colleagues from UN-OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, American Red Cross, the UAViators network, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, DanOfficeIT, Google Project Wing and others. Using UAVs to Inform Relief & Development International […]

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NetHope Summit 2014: Using Technology to Address Global Challenges

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At this year’s NetHope Member Global Summit, held Nov. 3-5 at Cisco headquarters in San Jose, Calif., Direct Relief had the opportunity to learn from the frontlines of technological change and to present on some of the key areas where we have been playing a leadership role on issues of technology and humanitarianism amongst our colleague non-governmental organizations. Combining the […]

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A Map of Community Health Workers in sub-Saharan Africa

1 Million Health Workers Map

As Ebola prompts calls and support for a much needed increase in the number of trained community health workers, it is critical that we understand where these workers are and where coverage gaps exist. To that end, Direct Relief and Esri developed a map to track the availability of community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa. The map supports the 1 Million Community Health Workers Campaign – a collaboration between the […]

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Coding for a Cause: Women’s Hackathon Teams Simulate Disaster Response

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This past Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz. I had the honor and the pleasure of helping out with one of a series of events being held around the world as part of Microsoft’s 3rd International Women’s Hackathon.  The young women huddled around tables and laptops in Phoenix were part of an enormous global community ranging from the U.S. to Europe to […]

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Direct Relief Names Dawn Long New Director of Information, Technology, and Quality

Direct Relief is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawn Long to Director of Information, Technology and Quality. In this role, Long is charged with strategic leadership and oversight of Direct Relief’s information technology and quality management functions. Using commercial-grade technologies such as SAP and Palantir, Direct Relief manages and delivers vast quantities of life-saving medicines to thousands of health […]

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Mapping One Million Community Health Workers

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The Research and Analysis Team is at the headquarters of technology company Esri for an intensive ten-day collaboration to developing mapping applications for the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign. Director of Research and Analysis, Andrew Schroeder, is sending regular updates. Check back to read the latest behind-the-scenes account of the project. Days 7 & 8: Week Concludes, Preparation Begins […]

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