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MSF-USA Virtual September Mapathon

September 08, 2022

6:00PM-8:00PM ET

Event type: Live online

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) invites you to participate in a virtual mapathon on Thursday, September 8 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET on Zoom.

At this mapathon, we will support MSF projects in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The challenges that the population faces in these project locations include regular diseases outbreaks, armed conflict, and displacement. Accurate maps of the area will assist MSF teams in their work, especially in areas that are difficult to access either for geographical and/or security reasons. To provide additional context, our guest speaker will be Katherine Smith, a finance and HR manager who has worked in Rutshuru, DRC, as well as in South Sudan and Ukraine.

A special initiative founded by Doctors Without Borders, the American Red Cross, the British Red Cross, and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Missing Maps is powered by volunteers around the world. Using OpenStreetMap, an open, free, and crowd-sourced platform, volunteers map underserved regions in order to provide international and local NGOs and individuals with geographic data to better respond to crises.

At this virtual mapathon, we will be mapping parts of the world's most remote locations to help MSF respond more effectively to humanitarian emergencies like disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and more. Beginner and experienced mappers are welcome to join this event.

Mapathon Agenda
6:00 PM - Presentation on MSF and the Missing Maps Project.
6:30 PM -  Introduction of mapping project for the evening, a presentation from MSF staff, and a step-by-step iD Editor mapping tutorial.
6:50 PM - All users are mapping! MSF provides individualized support throughout the rest of the event.

Leading up to the event, click here to learn more about the Missing Maps Project. Join us for a fun, engaging event that directly contributes to MSF's humanitarian work in the field!