Direct Relief Receives Esri's Special Achievement Award for Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology
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Direct Relief Receives Esri's Special Achievement Award for Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology

SAN DIEGO, July 22, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — Direct Relief was honored by Esri today with a Special Achievement in GIS Award for its role in developing map applications for the One-Million Community Health Workers campaign (1mCHW), a joint initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Esri honored Direct Relief with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award for its work to build the Operations Room, a suite of mapping applications that use data to track the scope and enable a detailed comparison of the activities of community health workers. See the map here:

"The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people who are using the power of geography to make our world a better place," says Esri president Jack Dangermond, who presented the awards at the 2015 Esri International User Conference in San Diego. "At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users. They deserve recognition for their invaluable contributions to their communities and the continued evolution of geographic science."

In addition to Direct Relief, Esri honored more than 170 organizations from around the world and across a variety of industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.

"Esri ArcGIS technology has revolutionized Direct Relief's ability to advance its mission and communicate the causes, consequence, and scope of its global operations," said Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analytics at Direct Relief. "By providing Direct Relief and other nonprofits with such powerful spatial analysis tools, Esri is making a profound impact on a broad range of global challenges." 

For more information about the 2015 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at

About Direct Relief

Direct Relief is a medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and in 70 countries, and is the only U.S. nonprofit to obtain Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor (VAWD) © accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. The organization has been among the world's largest medical suppliers to West Africa in response to the Ebola epidemic, to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, and to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Named among the world's 10 most innovative nonprofits by Fast Company, Direct Relief has top charity ratings, including four-stars from Charity Navigator and a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine. Among other distinctions, Direct Relief received the 2014 CECP Directors' Award, the President's Award from Esri for excellence in GIS mapping, and the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. For more information visit

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