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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works in the world’s most vulnerable places, bringing much-needed healthcare to victims of crises. Many of these areas are ‘missing’ from digital maps, and MSF field workers have often been known to rely on hand-drawn maps when coordinating emergency response activities.

On 1st August 2020, MSF invites you to join our first-ever virtual “Southeast Asia Missing Maps Mapathon” in putting missing parts of Niger State, Nigeria on the map!

With more than 10 years of conflict in the northeastern states, seasonal disease outbreaks and poor healthcare facilities, vast numbers of people in Nigeria depend on aid to survive. MSF has been working in Nigeria since 1996.

Join us as we put the people from Nigeria’s Niger state on the map by mapping houses and buildings. With MSF having to respond to lead poisoning outbreaks since 2015, and meningitis in 2016, it is crucial that we have useful and detailed maps so we can respond more effectively to future humanitarian emergencies in the area.  All are welcome. No mapping experience required.

Do you want to know how it feels like joining a Missing Maps Mapathon with over 200 volunteer mappers? 
Check out the video below


You will be comparing satellite images and adding roads to a shared online map. This map will then be made available for all humanitarian organisations worldwide.

Date: 1 August 2020 (Saturday)


11.00am Introduction of MSF

11:15am Introduction of Missing Maps Project

11.20am Training Session

11.45am Mapping Session

1.00pm End of Mapping Session and Announcement of Result

*As a token of appreciation, every participant will receive an e-certificate of participation from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.

No experience necessary. All tools are free and open source. We are just asking you to prepare your

  • Laptop (with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari installed),
  • A mouse (mouse isn't absolutely necessary but makes the mapping easier and faster),
  • Stable Wi-Fi,
  • Your enthusiasm!

To maintain a high quality of mapping experience, we can only open up a limited number of spaces for each participating country on a first-come-first-served basis. Each email address can be registered once only. Repeat registration will not be handled.

You will receive a confirmation email with the event link when your registration is approved.

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