Posted on 27 June 2018
A two-person MapAction team flew to Kampala, Uganda last week to provide mapping and information management support to humanitarian teams responding to a major refugee crisis in the region. This follows a recent upsurge in conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), causing significant displacement of people into Uganda, a country that is already contending with a large influx of refugees from South Sudan. Around 1.9 million people have fled DRC since the start of 2017, with 242,000 being hosted in Uganda.
Can satellite imagery and UAV data become useful data sources for humanitarian decision making in disaster relief coordination?
Example: Map shows the extent of known flooding from satellite images on 1 Jan 2015. Affected population figures are from Government of Vulgaria Ministry of Health reports. Planned rapid assessment routes by UNDAC teams for the coming two days are shown.
Maps & Infographics
This role leads MapAction’s technical strategy ensuring the organisation has an exceptional technical offering in a highly dynamic situation and that it is evolving its technical capability to deliver on all aspects of the organisation’s work.
Identification of humanitarian requirements to deliver humanitarian outcomes as effectively as possible and to understand the obstacles that prevent that in order to see where information management and geospatial analytical approaches can help. To review this along with an analysis of current and potential information management service providers to highlight gaps and opportunities for MapAction.
MapAction (mapaction.org) is a leading humanitarian mapping charity. It deploys skilled volunteers to international humanitarian emergencies to map priority needs. This mapped information helps responders target their response effectively, contributing to saving lives and minimising suffering.