[Sdi-latinamericacaribbean] Haiti: volunteers work to "crowdmap" cholera outbreak
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Mon Nov 1 10:17:52 EDT 2010
Haiti: volunteers work to "crowdmap" cholera outbreak
Health workers trying to combat the cholera outbreak in Haiti are using unique
technologies to communicate with potential victims and map the disaster.
Local cellular networks are sending out free text messages to people in affected
areas, giving them tips about how to avoid infection and telling them what
symptoms to look for. The texts go out in Creole and specifically target people
in trouble areas and in tent camps, where the disease could spread rapidly.
And "crowd mapping" groups are using internet volunteers to assemble real-time
maps of the outbreak by aggregating geo-tagged tweets and text messages.
A website called HealthMap, for example, is collecting data about the locations
of clean water sources in Haiti via text messages and Twitter posts.
That's particularly important because cholera spreads primarily through infected
water and food.
A group called the OpenStreetMap team also is riding motorbikes through the
streets of Haiti, carrying GPS equipment to map schools and clinics properly so
aide workers and locals know where to get treatment, said Sabina Carlson, who
works with a network of crisis-mapping volunteers.
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