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Ona Supports Emergency Response in Mozambique and Zimbabwe Post Cyclone Idai

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Damaged buildings in Beira, Mozambique post Cyclone Idai. Photo credit: Sean Blaschke/UNICEF/2019

Ona was contracted by UNICEF to help define, build, and deploy a solution for the emergency response in Mozambique and Zimbabwe after the devastating Cyclone Idai hit the coast of the two countries affecting 1.7 million people.

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Cyclone Idai Response Platform showing the cyclone path and the extent of flooding in both Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Courtesy of Ona, MapAction and OCHA (HDX)

Our team established powerful, map-based information management portals that enabled the emergency response team to create data visualizations from multiple disparate systems and data collection. These portals, powered by Canopy, mapped out all key infrastructure services, including functional energy posts, water points, population census data, road access conditions etc. and visualize data from rapid and aerial assessments. Read more on the Cyclone Idai response.

What’s new?

Introducing Submission Review

We’re excited to announce the release of ‘Submission Review’, a premium feature that lets you verify the accuracy of data submitted to your Ona account. The review process is done directly from the table view by selecting and marking a submission as approved or rejected before exporting it or sending it to your preferred analytics tool. Submissions that are not yet approved/rejected are marked as pending by default.

Submission review modal

The feature is currently available in all premium plans and can be enabled from the settings page.

Read more about this on our help site.


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Chantal is a Marketing and Growth Associate at Ona