What if Citizens Mapped Health?


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AMREF invited Heather Leson to talk about Ushahidi and the potential for Health mapping.

AMREF (http://www.amrefcanada.org/)
March 7, 2012

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  • Ushahidi is a global free open source software provider. We create tools for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. \n
  • We are committed to support those who want to use the software to encourage transparency, build accountability and, most of all, share their community with the world. While a map (location plus information or layers of information) is not always the right solution, it can be very effective in providing supplementary story telling. But it is only as effective as the project plan and the audience around it. \n
  • http://ihub.co.ke/pages/home.php\n
  • One major use is Disaster Response including mapping the Christchurch Earthquake and creation of eq.org.nz. A team of OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan and various other digital communities collaborated to monitor the fallout of tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. \nVolunteers from the NZ map and others helped Hal Seki. They received over 10, 000 reports. Most of them collected via twitter because the phone lines were unavailable. There is a global community of crisismappers which are building this field. See crisismappers.net for more community details. Also, here is a podcast on the topic of Crisismapping: http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/Podcasts/Detail/?ots591=40db1b50-7439-887d-706e-8ec00590bdb9&lng=en&id=135915\n
  • Ushahidi is software, a community and a movement. These are some of the projects from around the world. The people who worked on these range from international development experts, environmentalists, health science (doctors), software developers, journalists, civil society groups and NGOs. The topics range from environmental issues, fair trade shopping, floods, emergencies, elections and even burgers.\n
  • Paul Jones - medical pro, change agent\nhttp://textontechs.com/2010/09/mapping-honduras-hospitals/\n\nMy first priority has been to establish the exact location of hospitals (Public, Private and NGO). After this is complete, I’ll focus on mapping clinics and NGO projects. This is a labour intensive project, so it is heavily dependent on my free time or volunteer capacity.\n
  • For the web form, they have designated 5 simple steps to filing a report. This form can be customized by the designer. By identifying the information you wish to collect and geolocate, you can start to build your visual story. But again, this particular project has action tied to the reports. Once reports are collected, they reside in a dashboard. The administration team can then decide whether to approve and /or verify the report. The process of verification is up to the project team and their criteria. The CIC team has highly trained people to ensure that accurate reports are added to the map. Verification for online information is a large topic. The Standbytaskforce.com teams, a volunteer network, has procedures around how to best verify and geolocate information. At Ushahidi, we also study this and blog frequently about best practices. \n
  • http://stopstockouts.org/ushahidi/\nhttp://blog.ushahidi.com/index.php/2009/07/02/stop-stock-outs-mapping-access-to-essential-medicines/\n\nOne of the interesting things about the Stop Stock-Out campaign is the great offline community outreach they are doing with their campaign. T\n
  • http://www.maps4aid.com/ Other examples include the work by Plan International - http://lindaraftree.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/working-with-ushahidi-in-benin/\n
  • http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/somaliaconflict/somaliaspeaks.html\nhttp://blog.ushahidi.com/index.php/2012/02/01/somalia-speaks-lessons-from-novel-journalism/\n\nMore than 4,000 text messages were received within just a few days. Of these, over 1,000 were translated from Somali into English by about 80 translators. The resulting map of Somali voices received over 25,000 page views.\n
  • We are at the beginning of location plus citizen building. Thank you for the opportunity to provide an introduction to the potential of Ushahidi for city building. Please contact us if you have any further questions. \n\nUshahidi.com, crowdmap.com\nMore deployment examples can be found: http://wiki.ushahididev.com/display/WIKI/Deployments+of+the+Week\nQuestions to @ushahidi @heatherleson\n\n
  • What if Citizens Mapped Health?

    1. 1. What if citizens mapped health? Heather Leson @heatherleson AMREFhleson@ushahidi.com March 7, 2012
    2. 2. Social ImpactEnabling the wider coverage of crisis, elections and politicalmovements that would otherwise be unreported orunderreportedCreate an easy-to-use tool that is freely and instantlyavailable to individuals, NGOs and other organizationsallowing them to focus on mobilizing the content and theresponseFacilitate transparency and accountability by amplifyingcitizen voices with a consumer-focused tool, designed withareas with limited access in mindDeveloping ability for stakeholders in a particular situation toshare and find data
    3. 3. Disaster Response Election MonitoringMarch 2011 - 10,000+ reports, 144,974 views August 2010 - 1525 reports, 20,000 viewsMonitor fallout of tsunami and nuclear crisis Monitor Kenya referendum election sinsai.info/ushahidi uchaguzi.co.ke
    4. 4. https://hondurashealthmapping.crowdmap.com/main Text
    5. 5. http://www.cic.mx/tehuan/strong community partnerships: civil society, public and private all channels: mobile app, sms (citivox, webform, email, twitter, facebook, street teams Accountability: you get a ticket
    6. 6. SMS QUESTION: “Al Jazeera would like to know — how has the Somalia Conflict affectedyour life? Please also include the name of your hometown in the response. Thanks.”
    7. 7. Thank you.