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MapAction; geographic support for humanitarian decision making

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University of Winchester

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This talk describes how MapAction deploys rapid response geographic support to natural disasters and other humanitarian situations.

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Humanitarian situations, whether sudden disasters such as earthquakes or tornados or longer lasting cases such as refugee crises, result in chaotic conditions. Aid needs to focus on what is needed where the problems are and not what distant donors may assume to be appropriate, so responding effectively requires timely information to be gathered on the ground and presented clearly so that appropriate decisions can be made.

MapAction is a UK charity which exists to deliver this service. It deploys teams of highly qualified volunteers to the affected areas to manage information and present a common operational picture to the UN coordinators and the specialist organisations dealing with aspects such as food, shelter, water and health. Since its first mission to the Asian tsunami in 2004, MapAction has been part of the response in over 80 emergencies around the world. The volunteer system enables deployment within hours and, as the teams are among the very first to arrive, they are able to contribute to decisions from the earliest stage.

This talk will describe the charity and its deployments. These will include natural disasters, the Ebola crisis in West Africa and also an increasing contribution to man made humanitarian situations such as refugees, famine and the aftermath of war. It will also include the extensive work done by MapAction on training and risk reduction to help vulnerable communities prepare themselves. MapAction helps get the right aid to the right place.

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