Work history by Theme: Humanitarian Informatics

Colombia Flood Response

Country: Colombia

Status: Ongoing

Start: Nov, 2010

Colombia has suffered its worst rainy season in decades this year, some regions receiving 4 times more rain than the norm, and with no sign of letting up. Several months of continuous heavy rains have caused widespread flooding especially in the northern departments. The floods have touched 665 (60%) of the country’s 1102 municipalities and have affected upwards of 1.9 million people (as of 15th December 2010). 246 deaths, 246 injuries and 99 missing persons have been reported so far. In addition to floods, the rains have caused widespread landslides and mudslides further damaging the country’s infrastructure and hampering the already difficult rescue and relief effort.

On 7th December 2010, President Juan Manuel Santos declared a state of economic, social and ecological emergency. A Crisis Room had already been set up in the Ministry of the Interior to consolidate information on the emergency and to coordinate the response. iMMAP Colombia started contributing early on to the management and mapping of this information and was recently singled out as a strategic contributor to the relief effort during the National Meeting of the National Humanitarian Plenary.

Some of the maps produced by the team are available for download here. Should you require specific maps or further information on our activities please contact Ana Maria Arango.

The Colombian President expresses a heartfelt gratitude for the iMMAP solidarity expressed with the Colombian people affected by the phenomenon of "The Child".

Letter from the President of Colombia.

THEME:

Humanitarian Informatics, Rapid Response

Donors

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
iMMAP - Information Management & Mine Action Programs

Common Operating Picture for Disaster Response

Country: Pakistan

Status: Ongoing

Start: Sep, 2010

The 2010 Pakistan floods began in July 2010 following heavy monsoon rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan and affected the Indus River basin. At one point, approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's total land area was underwater.

The floods affected 78 districts out of a total of 121 districts as well as the FATA and AJK administrative units in Pakistan, and more than 18 million people – one-tenth of Pakistan’s population – devastating villages from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea. More than 1,989 people lost their lives, and at least 1.7 million homes have been damaged or destroyed with enormous loss of livelihood. The number of individuals affected by the flooding exceeds the combined total of individuals affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

iMMAP aims to provide all humanitarian responders with effective methods for reliably capturing, reporting, sharing, and analyzing information concerning the humanitarian situation according to baseline indicators and population needs.  This crucial Humanitarian Information Management (HIM) support is provided via an integrated approach through the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

During the ongoing crisis in Pakistan, iMMAP:

  • Established office at National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan located at Prime Minister’s Secretariat.
  • Developed the Information Management Strategy and is developing the accompanying Information Management Framework for the Disaster Management Authority.
  • Deployed international and national staff to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta.
  • Is providing mapping, reporting and information analysis support to the NDMA and PDMAs.
  • Co-developed the Single Reporting Format (SRF) for the NDMA and broader humanitarian community that serves as a common web platform for all Implementing Partners (IPs) to report on their humanitarian activities and enables better coordination of humanitarian assistance in Pakistan. 
  • Provides on-going trainings in SRF to personnel from the UN, NGOs, Government – Line Ministries, Military, PDMAs and DDMAs.
  • Provides crucial support to Population Census Organization of Pakistan (PCO) to digitize the Union Council (Admin Level 4) boundaries.

THEME:

Humanitarian Informatics, Training, Information Management, GIS, Disaster Management, Coordination, Communications & Reporting, Information Analysis

Donors

United States Agency for International Development

Haiti Earthquake Response

Country: Haiti

Status: Ongoing

Start: Jan, 2010

iMMAP was asked to assist the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations, and has responded. An iMMAP team is now on the ground in Haiti helping coordinate the humanitarian response to this devastating tragedy. As the immediate threat to our Haitian neighbors subsides, iMMAP will seek to assist those injured, disabled, and left vulnerable by the earthquake.

THEME:

Humanitarian Informatics, Rapid Response

Donors

CDC International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch

OASIS Support to Iraq

Country: Iraq

Status: Ongoing

Start: Jun, 2007

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Iraq Mine Action Team requested in spring 2007 that iMMAP deploy its Operational Activity Security Information System (OASIS) to Amman, Jordan, and commence development of an operational management OASIS function to enable wide data sharing and operational coordination within the Humanitarian Mine Action community in Iraq. iMMAP deployed its team of Information Management Officers in June 2007, and have completed the initial phase of this project, to include delivery of the completed initial tool to UNDP. This phase of the project continued through October 2007 ending with delivery of the OASIS Humanitarian Mine Action tool. The OASIS Mine Action tool was designed to allow non-technical users to be able to plan demining operations, receive reports on a nearly real-time basis concerning newly discovered contamination and cleared land, and readily access the extensive data resource produced by the iMMAP Landmine Impact Survey of Iraq.

The Iraq OASIS support project is an ongoing operation and has received additional funding from the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement and the International Emergencies and Refugee Health Branch.

THEME:

Humanitarian Informatics, Mine Action, Safety & Security, Software Development

Donors

Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement
CDC International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch
United Nations Development Program

Support to ESRI

Country: Iraq

Status: Past

Start: May, 2004

End: Jan, 2005

iMMAP provided technical support to Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), the world's premier developer of geographic information systems (GIS), the software that allows the creation of map products. Funded by the US government, ESRI and iMMAP assisted the nascent Iraqi government in the nurturing of long-neglected cartographic and GIS skills. To support this work, iMMAP called upon its own extensive skills in the field of Humanitarian Information Management (HIM), skills honed in United Nations Humanitarian Information Centers (HIC's) in Afghanistan, Iraq and Liberia.

THEME:

Humanitarian Informatics

Technical Support to OCHA Liberia

Country: Liberia

Status: Past

Start: Oct, 2003

End: May, 2004

During the humanitarian crisis in Liberia, an interagency Internally Displaced Persons(IDP) Committee determined in February 2004 that a survey of the 20 official IDP camps in central Liberia (Bong, Margibi and Montserrado Counties) should be undertaken. The goals of the IDP survey was to facilitate the collection of data necessary for IDP return and reintegration planning, as well as on-going camp management.

iMMAP provided technical support to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) HIC in Liberia. This support included provision of an IDP Survey Coordinator to the HIC in Monrivia. From March to May 2004, the Survey Coordinator managed the design and implementation of an Survey. iMMAP's survey manager worked with the HIC and the IDP Committee to design the survey. This survey collected basic descriptive data using a census approach in all IDP camps in Liberia. The immediate collection effort produced critical information needed to assess geographic areas of return, vocational objectives, and social and economic vulnerabilities. The data was used to determine the equitable and effective prioritization of funding and programming to support reintegration and resettlement.

Following 14 years of civil war, most civil infrastructure had been destroyed and more than 20% of Liberia's population was suspected as being comprised of internally displaced persons (IDPs). While a significant amount of data regarding the IDP population existed from a variety of sources including the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and humanitarian non-governmental organization (NGO) camp managers, the information was not consolidated, current, or accurate. With evolving stability in Liberia, the gradual expansion of humanitarian agency field operations, and the fact that spontaneous refugee returns were beginning, there was a critical need to gather relevant information to better enable responding organizations to assist vulnerable populations and communities in the return and reintegration process.

Previously, with funding from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention's International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (CDC's IERHB), iMMAP supported OCHA's rapid deployment of the HIC with provision of a short-term Database Officer in late 2003. The Database Officer supported initial HIC data and GIS-based efforts. The work laid foundations for interagency collaboration in logistics, transport and forest management.

THEME:

Health Informatics, Humanitarian Informatics, Rapid Response

Donors

CDC International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch

Support to Iraq Humanitarian Information Center

Country: Iraq

Status: Ongoing

Start: Jan, 2003

iMMAP deployed five technical experts during the pre-war and early wartime phases of the Iraq crisis to support the Humanitarian Information Center for Iraq (HIC) operated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). iMMAP personnel worked in Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Larnaca, Cyprus; and Iran and Turkey. After the cessation of hostilities, iMMAP deployed three Information Management Officers (IMO's) within Iraq (in Basrah, Baghdad, and Erbil) to continue this critical technical support to OCHA. iMMAP support enabled the HIC to effectively process, consolidate, and present significant humanitarian data and impact decision making.

THEME:

Humanitarian Informatics

Donors

United Nations Office for Project Services

Support to AIMS

Country: Afghanistan

Status: Past

Start: Feb, 2002

End: Dec, 2002

iMMAP provided emergency information management services to the United Nations Afghanistan Information Management Service (AIMS). iMMAP supplied the AIMS Technical Manager for one year, as well as a regional Information Management Officer for Kabul and remote sensing (satellite imagery) analysis training to AIMS staff. iMMAP's support was critical to AIMS success in guiding relief and development activity in Afghanistan during the immediate post-war period.

THEME:

Humanitarian Informatics, Rapid Response, Training

Donors

CDC International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch

VAM Spatial Data Analysis and Institutional Strengthening

Country: Southeast Asia

Status: Ongoing

Start: Jan, 2000

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Vulnerability Assessment Mapping (VAM) unit for the Southeast Asian region requested iMMAP assistance in order to implement analysis of food security at the country level at a standard level of quality throughout the region.

iMMAP is assisting WFP to introduce standards to the following components of the VAM analytical process:

  • The format in which data is stored;
  • The manner in which data quality is evaluated and recorded (metadata);
  • The analytical methods used to select samples and to evaluate results;
  • The layout of commonly needed VAM maps, tables, and graphs.
The following outputs will be delivered during the three year duration of the project:
  • Enhanced analysis of food security and related issues at the country level at a standard level of quality;
  • Improved analytical methods and standardization implemented;
  • Common and coherent information management procedures and tools.

THEME:

Humanitarian Informatics

Donors

United Nations World Food Programme
OASIS
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