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How Technology Helps Humanitarians with Giving Aid

Did you know that technology is becoming the backbone of everything in modern days? It is changing the world. It’s also changing the humanitarian world as we speak. In an evolving world, we are bound to adapt on a real-time basis. Due to technical innovations, the demand to make changes to itinerary arise. Real-time information received from the field leads to change in plans. We understand that this affects your traveling schedule and could change in just a matter of minutes. For us at Raptim, that’s ok.

A better and faster way of giving aid
Following a natural disaster, people from all over the world are looking to find information about the local developments in the affected region. They aim to help with rescue, giving aid and relief efforts. Technology, if integrated, can play a pivotal part in this process. Because of this, the American government encourages collaboration between tech and first responder communities. Encouraging collaboration within the broadest possible community helps to keep building resources that will benefit in dealing with humanitarian aid.

But, tech development and advancement is not the only tool that can assist. Social media is also a powerful tool and of vital importance in keeping up-to-date humanitarian developments all around the world. Via Twitter and Facebook, people in an area affected by a disaster can tell their friends and family about the prevailing level of safety. And that’s just one of the many ways modern technology can be used. If you want to know more about this subject, Aidforum.org has been researching the top science and technology solutions that are saving lives in over 100 countries.

  1.        Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team:
    The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) creates and provides free, up-to-date maps which are a critical resource when relief organizations are responding to disasters or political crises. This is important because many of the poorest and most vulnerable places in the world do not exist on the maps. They are uncommon destinations, remember? Today over 3,500 missing maps have been made collectively made by volunteers. In collaboration they have made 12 million edits to OpenStreetMap  and included 7.5 million people on the map, helping the humanitarian community.
  2.        Unicef: "The Government of Malawi and UNICEF have started testing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) to explore cost-effective ways of reducing waiting times for HIV testing of infants. The test, which is using simulated samples, will have the potential to cut waiting times dramatically, and if successful, will be integrated into the health system alongside others mechanisms such as road transport and SMS."
  3.        United Nations Foundation: "The United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation Partnership helps emergency relief workers respond more swiftly and efficiently and reconnects families separated by disaster. The partnership supports the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN's lead agency tasked with security communications in disaster response, and Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), a humanitarian NGO that deploys lifesaving mobile and satellite technology for UN relief missions. Both groups can deploy to anywhere in the world within 48 hours."

Innovation in technology makes it increasingly possible to make immediate changes to your itinerary.  Your travel schedule could change in just a matter of minutes if not seconds, and that’s ok with us. It’s a challenge we’ve proved to conquer time and time again, and we love to do it for you.

There are numerous benefits derived from our close collaboration with more than 40 airlines all across the world. Our special humanitarian fares enable us to offer flexible ticket conditions. Due to these circumstances, changes to an itinerary can be arranged and done within a very short notice, often free of charge. Feel free to contact us anytime should you have any questions about our special fares. We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

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