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Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors without Borders / أطباء بلا حدود is excited to invite you to the third BEIRUT MAPATHON, hosted by SMEX. The objective of the mapathon is to jointly work together on the Open Street Maps (OSM), considered the Wikipedia of maps, for a humanitarian cause!

MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid in around 70 countries globally to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare (for more information about MSF watch this video). MSF is one of the founding organizations behind the Missing Maps Project that aims to map the most crisis-prone, yet under-mapped parts of the world. This project allows volunteers to directly help in improving the lives of some of the planet’s most vulnerable communities – in other words, it is a marriage between technology and humanitarianism in a very fascinating, impactful way.

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The BEIRUT MAPATHON III will be hosted by SMEX, located in Badaro behind Kudeta restaurant and café (refer to map).

About SMEX:
SMEX is a registered non-profit association based in Beirut that works to advance self-regulating information societies. It is recognized as a regional leader in the design and delivery of workshops that help activists and journalists integrate digital and social media into the processes that create social change. It also advocates efforts to secure and protect digital rights through research, user education, and campaigning in Lebanon and across the region.

What is the Missing Maps Mapathon?
The Missing Maps project aims to map the most vulnerable places in the world (affected by humanitarian crises: disease epidemics, conflict, natural disasters, poverty, environmental crises). Building on other disaster preparedness projects, the Missing Maps project facilitates pre-emptive mapping of priority countries to better handle disaster response, medical activities and resource allocation when crises occur.

Where will we be mapping?
This task supports Médecins Sans Frontières’ operation in Mwenzei, Zimbabwe. The MSF team and their cartographer in the field are using maps to plan their operations. MSF needs a map displaying medical outreach points, health facilities and other relevant information in order to distribute viral loads and tuberculosis medication within the district. The map will also be useful to plan the setting up of mobile clinics in areas that may need support.

MSF is already using field data collection tools and applications such as OSMAnd in the remote areas they’re travelling to. However, the road network for the district has hardly been mapped at all. Having a complete map of the road network in the district will therefore not only facilitate the planning of MSF activities via custom maps, but also all the organizations working in the area.

What do I need?
A laptop (you must bring your own with you), a mouse (a mouse isn't absolutely necessary but makes the mapping A LOT faster), and most importantly...enthusiasm!

What do I do now?
If you want to join the Third Beirut Mapathon, PLEASE register through this link:

https://goo.gl/forms/Xu6I5M5tAZfcUyqq2

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