[HOT] One year ago the HOT community started West Africa Ebola response

Pierre Béland pierzenh at yahoo.fr
Mon Mar 23 19:41:02 UTC 2015

Hi Heather,
The Central Africa Republic and South Sudan Activations initiated by Severin in 2013 are the longest but with less intensity then the West Africa outbreak. These are what Sev calls the orphan activations, those that we forget too often, with less media coverage. Thanks to Severin for supporting in uneasy context, developping interconnections with humanitarian organizations in the field, experimenting with routing tasks on the Task Manager.
I dont have statistics for South Sudan and CAR. This is something I promized to Severin and did not have time to do with this so intense year volunteering for the Ebola outbreak.  For the West Africa Ebola outbreak, we are nearly at 16 millions objects edited. This compares with 4.5 million objects for the Haiyan Cyclone in Philppines (2014) and 1.6 millions objects in Haiti (2010).

What is particular with the this Ebola activation is the extent of the mapping (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone largely covered). MSF has setup from the beginning, march 24, a workflow where we can work closely with CartONG and MSF to support tracking the people at risk of infection.  This response grew up with Red Cross plus the various Imagery providers sharing images.  It was at the same time a very challenging and emotional mission for the leaders / core support group volunteering for this mission, seing all the medias updates that show the epidemy progressing and people isolated in tents as we covered more and more areas to support rapidly the thousand of Red Cross and MSF field teams doing case tracing and from august supporting the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).  At the same time this were very interesting challenges intensifying the collaboration with the various organizations and the UNMEER.  OSM is the deFacto basemap of this mission with a multitude of products and visualizations based on OSM.
Many others, I am sure, share this mixed emotions about such a mission. Like we said this week discussing on the Skype coordination group for the Ebola with other UNMEER participants, at this point we should be both optimistic - realistic. This is not time to stop helping for the relief of populations, the to provide better sanitary conditions and to contribute to the economic recovery of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 

Cheers for all of the OSM community people who remotely contributed from internet. And cheers to MSF, Red Cross, CartON, UNMEER and all the humanitarian in the field. Many of them we are in contact and want to say we are still with them.

      De : Heather Leson <heatherleson at gmail.com>
 À : Pierre Béland <pierzenh at yahoo.fr> 
Cc : HOT Openstreetmap <hot at openstreetmap.org> 
 Envoyé le : Lundi 23 mars 2015 12h15
 Objet : Re: [HOT] One year ago the HOT community started West Africa Ebola response

Thanks for this note Pierre. It is my understanding that this is the longest activation that HOT has done?

I truly appreciate all the leadership and efforts of the global community, partners and supporters.


Heather Leson
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Twitter: HeatherLeson 
Blog: textontechs.com

On Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 7:01 PM, Pierre Béland <pierzenh at yahoo.fr> wrote:

March 22 2014, we started to monitor this humanitarian response. Thanks to all of those who contributed, who are still supporting the humanitarians in the field.
As discussed this week with the humanitarian organizations and UN Agencies on our skype coordination group, we should be both optimistic with the progress in reduction of cases and realistic in the efforts to maintain to control this epidemic and help the West Africa countries the most affected to build better sanitation conditions and restart the economies severly affected by the last year epidemic.
See the twitter to thanks all the OSM contributors.

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