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Red Cross Codeathon 2017

Join the world’s largest humanitarian organisation and code for good!

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The challenge:

Public health crises, such as disease outbreaks and famine most often occurs where health systems and public health surveillance is weak. Emergencies, whether sudden or slow onset, increase people’s vulnerabilities to health risks – and infectious disease can quickly spread and cause life threatening outbreaks

Information saves lives

The information needed during an emergency is  often complex, and required in real-time. Information is needed for a variety of reasons: to monitor and understand health risks, to allocate resources and ensure early and effectively action in dynamic contexts.

This requires reliable data from a number of sources. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement consists of a network of 17 million active volunteers worldwide.

Tools are needed

They can and will report what is going on in their communities – if they are given the tools to do so.

Due to distances, access difficulty and cost, it is clear we must use technology. We need real-time data, real-time analysis and real-time alerting and response to public health risks.

The problem is, we are lacking the tools and systems to do this.

Luckily, you can help!

The solution:

Community based surveillance (CBS) allows communities, volunteers and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to identify, alert and respond to emerging public health crisis before they spin out of control and cause excess death and illness.

What you can do:

Help us take CBS to the next level. During a 3 day code-a-thon we will build CBS v2.0 and prepare it for field testing.

Red Cross Codeathon 2017

Where? Henry Dunant Hall, Norwegian Red Cross Head Office, Hausmannsgate 7, 0186 Oslo

When? From Friday 29. September @ 10:00AM ending Sunday 1. October @ 5:00PM

​What? A marathon coding event to develop the Red Cross CBS system version 2.0 ​

Why? Become part of the world's largest humanitarian organisation, contribute with your skills and knowledge, inspire and get inspired, learn from others, spend the weekend having fun and coding for good, because - INFORMATION SAVES LIVES!

Who? Sign up to participate here

This is CBS:

Contact info:

Anine Kongelf
Community Based Surveillance Coordinator
Mobile phone
+47 415 47 913