Ushahidi is a nonprofit organization that provides equal access to technology, information, and skills for people to effectively solve problems in their communities. We build and use open source technology tools that allow for large scale data collection and management, making it easy to quickly understand and respond to crucial information. Ushahidi has been used for 12 years whenever there’s a crisis or disaster, but with a worldwide pandemic, we’re busier than ever. Requests for support from around the world have sky-rocketed, and we need a way to support the organizations and communities that are using Ushahidi to communicate and coordinate their responses.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have seen Ushahidi emerging as the tool of choice for actors working in tracking, support, and response to the crisis. We have found ourselves at the center of providing support to communities and organizations engaged in the response, by providing an easy to use tech tool that can support effective mapping, tracking and coordination, and linkages to fill informational gaps and inform decision making.
In the last month, we have seen over 520 COVID-19 related deployments of the Ushahidi platform created. Some of these include efforts by communities self organising to support high risk/vulnerable populations during lockdown (mutual aid), and others to self-reporting on testing(or lack of) and symptoms of COVID-19 across the globe. More importantly, we have seen our tool being used to support increased coordination of community actors by supporting the efficient matching of suppliers and those in need.
More examples can be found on our COVID-19 page: https://ushahidi.com/covid