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Evaluating crowdsourcing for humanitarian response | jungle light speed

All crisis response is an exercise in failure. We cannot help everyone that needs help and so we are simply trying to find the best ways to fall short. Hundreds of lives saved and tens of thousands receiving the first aid sounds large. To the people we helped it was everything, but in the scale of the whole crisis it was small. However, for a short time in Haiti the ability to respond to requests for help was much wider than at any point in Haiti’s past when even child-births reported through 4636 were being responded to. This level of response never occurred with the ’114′ emergency reporting service that became inoperable at the time of the earthquake, or at any other time in Haiti’s past. Hopefully, it will again in the future. Response systems are evaluated on the entire effort, not individual cases, but it is positive to think about those handful of mothers who reached out to 4636 for help and received a level of aid that would have been beyond their expectations even prior to the earthquake.

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