Work history by Donor: CDC International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch

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

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

Mortality, Injury and Disability Survey

Country: Afghanistan

Status: Past

Start: Aug, 2002

End: Nov, 2002

iMMAP conducted a survey of Afghanistan to collect and study data concerning mortality, injury, and disability. The effort examined overall mortality for a period of approximately 19 months before the start of the survey. Detailed data, including proportional mortality related to injury and non-injury causes, risk factor information related to physical violence, suicide, small arms, and landmine/unexploded ordnance (UXO) injuries, were collected for injuries and deaths that occurred during the survey period. In addition, the survey collected data that allowed estimates of disability prevalence.

THEME:

Health Informatics, Mine Action

Donors

CDC International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch

Post-Conflict Contamination Assessment

Country: Afghanistan

Status: Past

Start: Jun, 2002

End: Jul, 2002

The PCCA survey identified the location and impacts of new landmine/unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination on Afghan communities following the war that ousted the Taliban government. iMMAP implemented this project jointly with the Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA). The PCCA identified victims of war-related violence and property damage in communities exposed to the most recent war in Afghanistan. UXO posed, and continues to pose a serious threat to the lives and welfare of the local population by preventing access to key facilities, blocking supply routes, hindering transportation of humanitarian aid to at-risk populations, and preventing the return of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons and refugees to their communities. iMMAP surveyed 600 Afghan communities subjected to air strikes or ground operations after 11 September, 2001.

Each community was surveyed for:

  • Contamination by landmines and UXO
  • Numbers of victims of violence
  • Indications of property loss.

Read the full PCCA report here

THEME:

Health Informatics, Mine Action

Donors

CDC International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch

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
OASIS
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