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How Cognitive Networks Could Improve Crisis Response

February 21, 2019 - In non-governmental organizations, coordination of rapid response teams during emergencies/humanitarian crises faces a lot of challenges because of its linear design. Dr. Victor Soji Ladele, MBBS, who was a humanitarian aid coordinator for the World Health Organization during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia, proposes deploying a cognitive network platform during emergencies and humanitarian crises that will facilitate a real time coordination mechanism.

Dr. Victor Soji LadeleDr. Ladele spoke at the February Data+Creativity meetup. Ladele gave a riveting account of his experiences and the audience engaged in a spirited discussion of ways community influencers can be incorporated into the cognitive network of a response team. The audience-led discussion that followed the presentation touched on ways to develop trust and incorporate the private sector with humanitarian efforts.

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