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Supporting Unicef in Cameroon

Yaoundé, 19 Jun – MapAction has sent two highly-experienced volunteers to Cameroon to support Unicef’s work with refugees in-country.

According to Unicef, the northern region of Cameroon is hosting over 66,000 refugees from Nigeria. The situation is further compounded by ongoing insecurity which is limiting people’s movements and having an adverse effect on food security. In eastern areas communities are also hosting as many as 139,000 refugees from the ongoing crisis in Central African Republic.

MapAction’s team is working in partnership with Unicef to map strategic areas for humanitarian intervention in affected regions. They will also help strengthen information management capacity in Cameroon by delivering specialist training in humanitarian mapping tools and techniques.

Emma Mumford, MapAction’s Operations Director, commented: “I am very proud that MapAction is supporting this underreported, yet acute humanitarian crisis, contributing to Unicef’s important work supporting vulnerable children in the country and in the region. I hope it will lead to further collaboration in future as the needs are clearly so great.”

[Photo: A MapAction volunteer training Unicef staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014]

 
Prince Harry celebrates MapAction’s achievements

London, 12 Jun - MapAction’s patron, Prince Harry, attended a special reception last night to celebrate the charity’s recent achievements, with particular focus on its vital role in the response to the Ebola outbreak.

Prince Harry and fellow guests listened to presentations from MapAction volunteers who had deployed to Sierra Leone for the Ebola Response.

At the event Andy Kervell, MapAction volunteer, talked movingly about his experience of deploying to Sierra Leone to help with the Ebola outbreak. Prince Harry also gave a speech, reflecting on what he had heard, “I’m sure everyone here will share my admiration for the courage shown by MapAction’s volunteers in responding so readily to the Ebola response - this is nothing less than I have come to expect of them over my years as patron.”

Liz Hughes, Chief Executive of MapAction who accompanied Prince Harry at the event added, “From the recent Nepal earthquake to conflict in Yemen, our volunteers have proven time after time that they are willing to respond to increasingly unpredictable and volatile humanitarian crises. The need for our humanitarian mapping service has never been greater. We have the people and the skills to do more - what we lack is the funding. With the support of Prince Harry and fellow guests at our special reception, MapAction can make vital progress in rising to the challenges ahead.”

A copy of the video shown at the event can be viewed here:

For further information on how you can support MapAction’s work, please contact Chloe Browitt on 01494 568899 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Nepal Earthquake - Interactive Mapping

Kathmandu, 13 May - MapAction has been developing a capacity to provide interactive maps for our service users. This enables anyone to interactive with the map by switching on different layers, zooming to the extent that they are interested in. Users can also query the data, save and print button a custom map. This gives greater flexibility and adaptability for service users specific requirements.  

Below are a two interactive maps that have been produced in Nepal.

Village Development Committee (VDC) Map Maker

The Village Development Committee (VDC) Map Maker provides a tool to make a reference map of a VDC with Wards.Click here for the interactive Village Development Committee (VDC) Tool.

How to use 

To locate a District or VDC, click the query icon on the application banner.

The query panel will open which then allows you to query by District Name, District PCode, VDC Name or VDC PCode.

You can then print or save you VDC map to use offline.

Who-What-Where (3W) Village Development Committee (VDC) Map

This map shows the number of activities and agencies per cluster per VDC in the affected areas of Nepal. Click here for the 3W VDC Map

Elevation Profile Viewer

Click here for the Nepal Earthquake Elevation Profile Viewer.

This interactive map shows the elevation for main roads in Nepal.

How to use

Select a feature (road) in the map. Select a feature in the map. show me
NOTE: the feature must be in a layer with Popups enabled.
Use the Measure tools. show me
Hover over or touch the Elevations Profile chart to display elevations and show location on map.

Other Resources

Data published by MapAction can be found on the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). All maps created by MapAction can be found on the Nepal Deployment page. Sign up for a daily digest of the maps created in the field here.

 
Matched funding opportunity for Nepal response

UK, 28 Apr - MapAction is participating in a matched funding appeal for its response to the Nepal earthquake. Donations made through the Big Give will be doubled. UK taxpayers can further boost the value of their gift by adding Gift Aid. 

To benefit from matched funding, please donate here.

MapAction does not benefit from the DEC appeal, so every penny, dollar or Euro donated will make a big difference to our work.

Thank you.

 
MapAction mobilises to Nepal

Kathmandu, 26 Apr – A MapAction team has been mobilised in response to a devastating earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale that hit Nepal Saturday 12 noon, local time.  One of MapAction’s volunteers was already in Kathmandu and is liaising with the United Nations on mapping needs.

Early indications are several thousand have died, many are still buried under rubble and hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties. The extent of the impact of the emergency is still to be fully determined but it is believed to have impacted Nepal’s second city, Pokhara, and mountainous rural areas.  The Government of Nepal has declared a state of emergency and requested international assistance. A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team and Urban Search and Rescue teams are deploying to assist.

MapAction undertook a preparedness mission in 2010 with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ensuring essential data and information was pre identified to help with emergencies like this.

All maps created by MapAction can be found on the Nepal Deployment page.

Sign up for a daily digest of the maps created in the field here.

 
MapAction responds to crisis in South Sudan

Juba, 17 Mar – Two MapAction volunteers are travelling to South Sudan to provide mapping support for the United Nations and humanitarian partners.

This is MapAction’s second deployment to South Sudan, following an earlier mission in 2014. The situation in-country continues to be of acute concern. Many communities are living in precarious conditions, under threat of conflict and without health services or clean water. The United Nations estimates that 1.5 million people have been displaced and 4.1 million will need life-saving support in 2015.

MapAction's volunteers will be working with colleagues from the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to support the collection and analysis of key data to help coordinate the response to this protracted and highly complex humanitarian crisis.

 
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