Emergency mapping app finds vulnerable faster
7 December 2017
A mobile mapping app that draws on crowdsourced data to help humanitarian responders find people in remote areas is being rolled out by the medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF – Médecins Sans Frontières).
MSF personnel told the MSF’s Scientific Days meeting last week in London, UK, that the app has helped them locate people even during urgent missions - but needs work to be more reliable.
Finding people fast in an emergency, whether an earthquake or disease outbreak, can make the difference between life and death. Better knowledge of West Africa could have helped tackle the 2014 Ebola epidemic faster, MSF has said.
Launched last year, MapSwipe gets citizens to put together detailed maps of areas where existing geographical information is basic. It draws on the open-source platform OpenStreetMap, and is part of the Missing Maps project designed by MSF and partners to ‘put vulnerable people on the map’.