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Cyclone Idai: Knowledge Point Provides Free, Fast, Expert Advice for Aid Workers

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As local and international NGOs respond to the widespread devastation caused by Cyclone Idai across Southeastern Africa, online Q&A forum KnowledgePoint is on-hand to provide free, fast, expert technical advice to humanitarians on the ground.

FREE AND FAST EXPERT ADVICE IN THE FIELD

Launched in 2012 KnowledgePoint is an online platform that gives aid workers in remote locations access to free and fast expert advice. Since its launch, KnowledgePoint has gained more than 136,274 users across 183 countries, with a network of more than 150 technical experts answering questions on topics ranging from public health to security and logistics.

The platform is optimised for mobile use and accessible even in low-bandwith field conditions, giving aid workers in the field 24-hour access to expert advice.

It was used heavily by WHO specialists during 2014-16 West Africa Ebola crisis to share information with field staff in remote locations. Between October 2015 and May 2016, 24 Ebolarelated questions were asked, receiving 52 responses and being viewed collectively over 212,000 times.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Via the KnowledgePoint website, humanitarian personnel from around the world can contact with a network of technical experts. All enquiries and responses are open access and available to anyone via the system’s online database. Our experts endeavour to respond to your enquiries within 24 to 48 hours.

Current areas of expertise include: Alternative Energy; Hygiene; Logistics; Public Health; Project Management; Sanitation; Security; Transport; Water Sources; Water Supply; Waste Management To register and start using KnowlegePoint today for free, just click here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Visit the website: www.knowledgepoint.org
Call: 020 7840 6000
Email: cherry.franklin@redr.org.uk

KnowledgePoint is a partnership between RedR UK, WaterAid, IRC Wash,Practical Action and CAWST.

KnowledgePoint was created with the support of Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) programme, a grant-making facility supporting organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.

The HIF programme is funded by the UK Government and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). Visit www.elrha.org for more information about Elrha’s work to improve humanitarian outcomes through research, innovation and partnership