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Disaster Technology for Myanmar/Burma aid workers

There is an ongoing crisis in Myanmar (Burma) in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis. The ruling military junta is finally allowing humanitarian organizations into the region after denying access for almost a week. The situation is grim, and you can help by donating to organizations like: Doctors without Borders, Direct Relief, and UNICEF.

There has been some incredible discussion on the humanitarian tech and Geo lists in the past 24 hours around adapting/improving existing collaboration services to work with the tools in the field. Mikel Maron and I will be speaking about this at Where2.0 next week, and it looks like some exciting work will be happening there and at WhereCamp.

Eduardo Jezierski from InSTEDD is currently working to localize the Sahana Disaster Management System

EdJez Twitter: Have some Burmese speakers (thanks!) but need a handful more for localizing sahana for cyclone Nargis response support. Tweet/email me !

Jonathan Thompson’s organization, Humanlink, has been working on adapting technology for aid workers for some time. You can follow recent developments on the Aid Worker Daily blog.

Update: Paul Currion posted a big list of other projects now underway to the humanitarian.info blog:

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UNOSAT Flood Destruction Analysis - Burma / Myanmar

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  • http://www.humanitarian.info/2008/05/10/cyclone-nargis-you-know/ Paul C

    Jesse – hope it goes well at Where2.0 next week. I’ve blogged a list of the various tech-related initiatives that are up in support of the Nargis response at humanitarian.info, which I’ll update as and when.

  • http://radar.oreilly.com/ Jesse Robbins

    Paul, that is a great list! I’ve updated this post to quote it, including backlinks to you.

  • http://blog.worldwidehelp.info ange Embuldeniya

    Just a heads up that the Microsoft Disaster Assistance and Response team landed on May 9th and is now in-country with two staff members for a minimum duration of 10 days to provide ICT support for NGOs, with Gisli Olafsson (gislio AT microsoft.com) on the ground and Claire Bonilla monitoring the situation at HQ level.

    However, there exists the need for net connectivity and sat phone access for NGOs to effectively coordinate the relief operation. Up until now, it is just UN agencies who have net access, WFP is working on moving in relief comms equipment, while the majority of local NGOs and INGOs are disconnected from the rest of the world to feedback assessments and produce real-time sit reps.

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  • http://blog.worldwidehelp.info ange Embuldeniya

    When the majority of folks open their hearts to donate aid to those in need on the ground, why is it that some corps and individuals choose to cash in on disaster relief? … Sad.

    Nitin, if you’re interested in providing the aid you mention on a pro-bono basis, please get in touch with Theo at the WFP Logistics Unit on +98601279

    :)

  • http://www.mapaction.org/component/option,com_docman/task,cat_view/gid,156/Itemid,53/ liesbeth.renders

    MapAction has also deployed and is working with MIMU, UN OCHA, HIC MYANMAR to produce maps.

    Check out the map catalogue for latest maps

    http://www.mapaction.org/component/option,com_docman/task,cat_view/gid,156/Itemid,53/

  • http://www.humanitarian.info/2008/05/10/cyclone-nargis-you-know/ Paul C

    Liesbeth – I’ve updated the list to include MapAction and a link – thanks!

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