OUR VISION is to put all of humanity on a public map. This means that the lowest income places in the world have to be visited. Without representation, people are without voice, vulnerable to Cholera or Ebola outbreaks, and invisible to crisis interventionists like Red Cross and MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Resources commonly end-up in the wrong place, or are of the wrong type. As part of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, WAMM 2017 is radically turning this problem around.
OUR MISSION is to visit the villages of two billion people worldwide—the bottom quarter of income—to deliver monitoring technology to health care providers. This will enable them to make a critical feedback loop, and improve resilience BEFORE disaster strikes.
OUR TWO MONTH PILOT PROJECT is on the ground in Sierra Leone now, in the summer of 2017. Already we’ve achieved incredible results:
- Over 1300 villages surveyed and named (Around 25% were not on any maps).
- Administrative Divisions recorded (a key component of epidemiological mapping, since many village names are used over and over in certain cultures).
- Local teams employed and and trained, providing transferable skill development in technology leadership and community development.
- Bespoke monitoring dashboard developed and implemented at a local hospital through on the ground computer programming and technology donation.
- Mapped nearly two entire districts of Sierra Leone (There are 14 districts shared among the four provinces), representing about 5% of the total land area.
EXTENDING THE BRIEF will give us the chance to develop a scalable, open-source Playbook—sharing our ground-tested knowledge of implementing agile methodology and accountable standards that will meet international data standards and get usable data into the hands of those who can best leverage it—local health care institutions.
PARTNER WITH US AS A FRIEND, SUPPORTER OR ADVOCATE! We’re keen to provide education about how the project works and why. Let’s give humanity some control of the map, so that vulnerable communities are no-longer left invisible, precarious and ignored.