Sean Blaschke

In 2019, Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing over 1,300 and causing an estimated $2.2b in damage. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, I deployed to ground-zero with a team from Ona. Our primary objective was to support the Government of Mozambique and the broader UN and humanitarian community to strengthen availability and usage of geo-spatial and real-time data for planning, monitoring and response. Ona’s team played a key role in digitizing the National Institute of Disaster Managements monitoring processes, as well as collaborating to better visualize this data for decision making. Throughout this emergency, Ona showed technical excellence, a drive for results, and a deftness in building relationships. Ona proved to be a strong and reliable partner, who continues to support our country programmes and government counterparts across the region.