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.
Population Density Maps
An Open-source Geospatial Application to Support the Ebola Response
The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo presents a clear threat to global public health security. The data environment is fragmented, and the result is a lack of situational awareness which heightens the risk that decisions are made with incomplete information or faulty assumptions. To meet this need, Ohio State's Battelle Center created an open-source, fully integrated geospatial visualization and analysis tool that can be utilized and improved by the global community.
Future of Business Survey
Tackling the global profitarchy: Gender and the choice of business sector
Despite significant progress in women’s educational attainment and higher female labor force participation rates in many countries, progress in closing the gender pay gap, which takes the ratio of median earnings of all women to all men, has been slow.In a new paper “Tackling the Global Profitarchy: Gender and the Choice of Business Sector” we set out to answer these questions on a global level. The paper uses data from the Facebook administered Future of Business survey spanning 97 countries.
Disease Prevention Maps
Improving vaccination rates in Malawi
The Red Cross Missing Maps program used population maps to streamline a Malawi-based measles and rubella vaccination campaign, deploying local volunteers only to populated areas.
Disease Prevention Maps
Model-based estimation of cholera following Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique
Harvard School of Public Health, Direct Relief, and Northwestern used the high resolution population density map for Mozambique to better inform the potential outbreak of cholera after Cyclone Idai and in advance of Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg. In this photo, The World Food Programme transports relief supplies to Mozambique on April 8th following Cyclone Idai. Six weeks later, Cyclone Kenneth caused additional flooding, leaving Mozambique at additional risk of a cholera outbreak.