The ability to maintain communication during a disaster, or wirelessly connect with outside doctors while treating patients in a rural community, can literally mean the difference between life and death and SMS has been instrumental in helping us close those communication gaps," said Eduardo Jezierski, InSTEDD Chief Technology Officer.
This is why InSTEDD selected text messaging as their foundation for critical communication," said Pieter de Villiers, Clickatell CEO.
Through its partnership with Clickatell, InSTEDD has been able to provide a number of life-saving solutions including real-time chat, data reporting and alerting.
Through a combination of community based capacity building, human-centered software development, and in-depth research and evaluation, InSTEDD enhances collaboration to better deliver critical services and information to vulnerable populations.
InSTEDD expects to make GeoChat freely available to the public by late May and Evolve during the summer.
Additionally, in the spirit of enabling more informed humanitarian efforts, InSTEDD also has created www.
David Heymann, Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment at the World Health Organization and an InSTEDD Board member, stated, "InSTEDD is doing truly innovative work in several areas.
InSTEDD also today announced its Innovation Lab program and the first lab site in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
InSTEDD staff, supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, will be working with more than 20 partners to enhance information flow, collaboration, and data visualization tools for emerging infectious disease preparedness.
We salute the launch of InSTEDD, which has great potential for advancing the groundbreaking work of the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Network," said Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, which funds the Network.
Another significant InSTEDD project is spearheading the Global Crisis Management (GCM) project with UNICEF, which is designed to improve UNICEF's ability to assess and display worldwide crisis information within its Emergency Operations Centers in New York City and Geneva.
In its role as innovation laboratory, InSTEDD will investigate the challenges faced by humanitarian and public health organizations and develop technology solutions customized for their needs.