Innovation & Technology

Case Study: Treating Refugees, Three Minutes at a Time

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[First published by Esri at http://www.esri.com/library/casestudies/direct-relief.pdf] Esri Case Study: For anyone like the more than 1,000 Syrian people seeking refuge in early 2015, living in crisis and extreme poverty poses many health risks. Poor skin care is a danger, and it’s often a neglected area of public health. Untreated skin conditions can lead to troubling health issues, such as physical pain, […]

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A Day in the Life of Community Health Workers

A Day in the Life of a CHW

Celebrating World Health Worker Week (April 5 -11, 2015), a new story map from Esri, The Earth Institute at Columbia, and Direct Relief, aims to raise support and awareness for the life changing contributions of community health workers. In dozens of countries, tens of thousands of women and men get up each morning to travel miles over rough roads and […]

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Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive

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The view of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” has evolved quickly in the past two years from objects of fear or hobbyist fascination to the forefront of global discussions of how to improve humanitarian operations. Emerging applications range from high-resolution digital mapping to rapid situational awareness to potentially enormous changes in how we distribute essential relief goods to remote […]

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An Open Letter to the Humanitarian UAV Community

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NetHope – a consortium of non-governmental organizations that specialize in improving information technology collaboration – has been hosting an ongoing webinar series on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in development and relief. It’s been a fascinating educational series so far – beginning last July with Dan Gilman from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs […]

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Re: Fast Company’s Most Innovative Nonprofits

Ebola Crisis Mapping - Direct Relief

Ebola Crisis Mapping Lands Direct Relief in Top 10 The Ebola outbreak began in December of 2013 in a small village near the border between Guinea and Liberia. From that remote epicenter emerged a pattern of infection that blazed across parts of six countries in West Africa, sparking a number of isolated cases in Europe and the United States. Now, as […]

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Beyond Drones: UAV Networks and The Future of Transportation

Beyond Drones Humanitarian UAVs - Direct Relief Webinar

The field of humanitarian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has moved forward at a tremendous pace since Direct Relief and DanOffice first experimented with the technology during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines 14 months ago. New applications have emerged, from mapping to multi-spectral sensing to goods transport. Software innovations have improved coordination, data sharing, and analysis. Significant improvements in hardware, from vehicles to batteries to […]

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