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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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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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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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Global Fistula Map Cited by U.N. Secretary General

Global Fistula Care Map

In the midst of Hurricane Sandy activity last week, it was nice to see the Global Fistula Map—published by Direct Relief, the Fistula Foundation, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)—cited in the U.N. Secretary-General Report, “Supporting Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula,”  presented by UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, at the United Nations. As the report notes, obstetric fistula […]

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