[HOT] Project 684 Polio outbreak and Ebola preparedness, Meiganga, Cameroon

Jorieke Vyncke jorieke.vyncke at gmail.com
Sun May 17 10:37:26 UTC 2015

Hey John, Kevin,

I'm sorry for responding this late... but here finally my answer.
First of all, Meiganga is looking gooood on OSM :-)
I had a quick look at the data and it looks very nice, I don't think it
needs a further validation trough the tasking manager. The next step is
indeed field data collection by local volunteers. I'll archive this task
for remote mapping.

For Polio, the base map is of course important, but also the individual
buildings are. Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It
invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of
hours. The virus is transmitted by person-to-person spread mainly through
the faecal-oral route or, less frequently, by a common vehicle (e.g.
contaminated water or food) and multiplies in the intestine. So to be able
to discover patterns in the spread of polio, the mapping of buildings can
help a lot in identifying the exact location of patients. An interesting,
but old, article on this you can find here:

So thank you VERY VERY much for mapping, it is helping!


2015-04-15 21:46 GMT+00:00 Kevin Bullock <kbullock at digitalglobe.com>:

>  Greetings John – let me assure you this incredible mapping work you have
> done IS indeed being put to use, in the field, by several organizations who
> are trying to eliminate Polio from the country of Cameroon. Jorieke was the
> person who setup the task, and can comment on how this is archived. Mostly
> though, I wanted to let you know the data created for this village
> absolutely has meaning. Thank you for your work, and we do have other tasks
> that need to be pushed across finish line:
> http://tasks.hotosm.org/?sort_by=priority&direction=asc&search=polio
> In addition, we are planning on adding more tasks around this initiative.
> Best Regards,
> Kevin Bullock
> @kevin_bullock
> *From:* john whelan [mailto:jwhelan0112 at gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:28 PM
> *To:* hot at openstreetmap.org
> *Subject:* [HOT] Project 684 Polio outbreak and Ebola preparedness,
> Meiganga, Cameroon
> I don't know who the coordinator is but it's mapped.  I've done 247 tiles
> to a reasonable standard and validated the other fourteen.  If you wait for
> someone to come along and validate my work you'll probably be waiting a
> year or more so I suggest this project gets archived.  I sincerely hope
> that having mapped every building in Meiganga that someone will make use of
> the individually mapped buildings.
> I was looking for a polite descriptive word to use after every and before
> building but one didn't spring to mind.  I don't know if anyone has any
> suggestions?
> Very nice imagery but a lot of work.
> It definitely needs local input for street names etc.
> Cheerio John
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