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Disaster Services — 23 June, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Kick-off

Mapping for equitable vaccine distribution in more than 20 countries. This activation is organized in coordination with CartONG, MapAction, IMMAP and ESRI.

Here is the size‐up for an upcoming campaign in South Sudan. The focus of this campaign is the creation of critical baseline data that will be used to support efficient and equitable in‐country vaccine delivery.

Event Name: COVID Vaccination Campaign, Pilot ‐ South Sudan (Wiki)


Type of Event: Protracted Crisis The COVID‐19 pandemic in South Sudan qualifies as a protracted crisis. Limited testing capacity has made it difficult to ascertain the full extent of the pandemic in the country. The data that will be created from this activation will be critical to the successful distribution of an estimated 732,000 doses of vaccine. In addition, the negative effects of previous and concurrent disaster events have compounded upon each other and those of the pandemic. Ongoing conflict since 2013 between armed actors has displaced a significant portion of the population, acute flooding in the past year has displaced hundreds of thousands more, and severe locust swarms have precipitated widespread food insecurity.

Location: South Sudan, Africa

Geographic Scope: Western Equatoria, South Sudan Western Equatoria is a state located in the Southwest portion of South Sudan.

Estimated Humanitarian Impact: 1,619,000 people residing in an area approximately equal to 79,350 square kilometers.

Estimated Duration: The pilot will conclude end‐of‐April.

Local Leads: HOT is in contact with a microgrant community from South Sudan. They are currently based in Uganda and HOT will consult with them as much as able.

Need for Activation: It is a certainty that a full official activation will be undertaken as HOT is a contributing partner of the COVID Vaccination Campaign(s) initiative. The success of this pilot project will determine the extent of similar open mapping activities being conducted for other countries facing similar circumstances.

Estimated Data Needs: The higher priority road system is essentially complete, but the larger roadnetwork would still benefit from the addition of minor roads hosting smaller amounts of residential and commercial traffic. These are the roads that do not serve a connecting function between communities. In contrast, a majority of the structures and residences in Western Equatoria have not yet been mapped. On the Humanitarian Data eXchange, There are a number of datasets that seem promising for future use. These include information for health facilities in the country, migration, displacement, and settlement population data. There are also datasets about employment and food insecurity. As far as imagery is concerned, Maxar is seemingly the most up‐to‐date. In many other areas of Western Equatoria Maxar and ESRI are virtually identical, except Maxar has better resolution. Gaps in imagery coverage exist. The Gaps that I encountered in my review of the area will not hinder mapping efforts.

Estimated Capacity to Assist: HOT is a contributing partner of the COVID Vaccination Campaign(s) initiative, and Employees and activators are already preparing for upcoming activation activities. HOT’s current activator capacity to lead the response is good. In tandem with partner organizations, areas of immediate impact have already been determined, and supporting events such as Mapathons are in the process of being organized.