TAS Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) coordinated a successful Mapathon with around 90 participating TAS faculty, staff, middle and upper school students, and parents. Additional participants included students from Taipei European School and National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Science. Along with MSF Taiwan staff, trainers, and volunteers, the joint forces mapped more than 10,000 buildings in Nigeria during the Mapathon. During the last 20 minutes of the event, a Taiwanese doctor who recently returned from Afghanistan shared her authentic stories of living in a compound and delivering about 2,000 babies each month as an NGO worker.
In order to cope with crisis situations quickly and offer help efficiently, humanitarian organizations need maps. But many parts of the world vulnerable to humanitarian crisis are literally "missing" from any map, making it difficult for first responders to react. Missing Maps is a project founded by MSF and other groups that aims to address this by recruiting volunteers to map areas where the risk of natural disasters, epidemics, and conflicts is greatest. Humanitarian organizations can then use these maps to respond to crises and improve the quality of aid delivered to vulnerable communities around the world.