Over the past two years, dozens of organizations used Facebook's Data for Good products to improve wellbeing and save lives. Their most profound applications include disaster preparedness projects, vaccination campaigns, and effective deployment of services during times of natural disaster.
Facebook Disaster Maps and the Philippines Red Cross
The Philippines Red Cross was first introduced to Facebook's Disaster Maps tool during Typhoon Ompong. They used it as a tool to identify which areas had no network connection or electricity, and ultimately to decide which areas to send help to first.
WhatsApp pilot helps tsunami response
Using Facebook Geoinsights, UNICEF was able to confirm internet connectivity was still functioning in the affected area which opened up a new opportunity by working with WhatsApp in the aftermath of the tsunami to quickly collect needs and provide information to stay alive. Photo credit to © UNICEF/UN0240792/Wilander. Rido Saputra, 10 years old, stands in front of his home which was destroyed by a tsunami in Donggala Regency, Central Sulawesi.
Humanity Road Identifies Underserved Areas During The Camp Fire, Hurricane Florence, and Hurricane Michael
In 2018, Humanity Road began leveraging Facebook Disaster Maps to identify underserved locations. These maps provide near real-time data on where communication outages may be developing and even where population shifts are happening. Human Road's reports help aid agencies position aid more effectively.
Working with Direct Relief to more effectively respond to California wildfires
In response to California's Thomas Fire, Direct Relief used Disaster Maps' real time population density data to distribute over 400,000 N-95 masks where they were needed most.
Helping NetHope and the American Red Cross restore access to the internet in Puerto Rico
After Hurricane Maria, Facebook shared data that showed drops in connectivity to help NetHope’s Crisis Informatics response team install nearly 100 connectivity sites across Puerto Rico.
Reaching displaced communities after the floods in Kerala
After floods in Kerala displaced over a million people in 2018, the relief group SEEDS India used Facebook displacement maps to deploy their early recovery communications at the optimal time.