Disaster relief and recovery is a job that’s often as dangerous as it sounds. From helping refugees in remote reception camps and transporting relief supplies to countries in need to providing assistance and medical services following natural disasters, aid workers around the world are faced with increasingly challenging conditions.
Thankfully, innovations in technology are helping relief organizations and humanitarian aid workers better manage those challenges and successfully deliver assistance to the nearly 108 million people in need worldwide. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, for example, a computer systems researcher in Australia developed a technology that allows mobile phones to send texts and files and make calls even when network towers have been knocked down, allowing responders to maintain contact and facilitate a faster recovery.
More broadly, Minimal footprint, clutter free designs of All-in-One devices, multipurpose devices like convertible laptops have made a significant impact on daily operations for relief staff in the office as well as in the field.. The reality is, these days disaster recovery means more than simply dropping off relief supplies. It also means careful planning and assistance – and to do that, workers rely on technology.
One German humanitarian organization, the Malteser Hilfsdienst, which focuses on disaster control, medical and social services and youth work, uses highly reliable and flexible Lenovo devices like the ThinkPad YOGA, ThinkPad Twist, and ThinkPad T-series (among others) to support its volunteers abroad. Read more about how the Malteser Hilfsdienst is using its Shared Services Center SoCura, to enable its team of relief workers to manage remote areas with limited connection and stressful conditions here [PDF].