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.
Population Density Maps
Electricity mini-grid developed in Nigeria
Over 2 billion people live without grid electricity or receive very unreliable power. That puts their safety, productive and aspirational needs at risk. Most affected people live in remote villages in Africa and Asia. To electrify them, more than 210,000 mini-grids are required by 2030, at an investment of 220 billion US.
Disease Prevention Maps
COVID-19: A territorial view on demographic context and territorial expression of the pandemic
This press release is organized in two sections. The first section includes the usual analysis of the results of general mortality, based on the data of deaths (all causes of death) that occurred in Portugal up to September 13th. The second section analyses the situation of the pandemic in Portugal, focusing on the scale of the municipality and the territorial differentiation of the incidence of the disease and its most recent evolution, based on the number of cases confirmed with COVID-19 disseminated by the Directorate-General for Health.
Insights for Impact
How Facebook, NCDC and ActionSprout collaborated in the fight against Meningitis
In 2017, Facebook, NCDC and ActionSprout partnered to test how aggregated, de-identified data from Facebook could improve a campaign to spread life-saving information about Meningitis in Nigeria.
Humanitarian Needs: Food, Water..and data?
The three simple words, “I am alive,” can bring peace of mind after disasters. But after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Puerto Ricans had very little opportunity to impart that crucial message to family members outside of their own neighborhoods. Connectivity isn’t often spoken about as a humanitarian imperative, but to people worried about the fate of their loved ones, it’s as essential as food and water.
Direct Relief Responds as Wildfires Burn In Northern California
This map details evacuation patterns as a result of the Carr Fire near Redding, California, on Monday, July 30, 2018. The lighter gray squares show areas of lower population, while the darker pink squares show areas of higher population, revealing where people have evacuated, away from the fire, which is outlined in red. The Shasta Community Health Center, a Direct Relief partner facility, is also shown here. This data was derived from Facebook's Disaster Maps tool, which shares aggregated insights from the Facebook platform with NGOs working in disaster response.
Unlocking Insights from Data: Collabnoration with Private Sector Creates Cutting-Edge Maps for Disaster Response
Following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Facebook contacted NetHope’s Crisis Informatics team to offer data to better inform the response strategy. The information, collected by Facebook of those using the service in Puerto Rico with their Location Services turned on, provided an aggregated, anonymized view of usage prior to the storm*. These data could be used to show drops in connectivity on a daily basis by comparing the aggregate normal number of users connecting to Facebook in a given area and the number able to connect in the days after the hurricane.