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Sahana Eden

Disaster Management Platform

Sahana Eden is a Family of Applications to Help You Help Others. It provides web based collaboration tools that addresses the common coordination problems faced during a disaster including finding missing people, managing aid, managing volunteers, and tracking camps effectively between Government groups, the civil society (NGOs) and the victims themselves.

Solutions are available for Disaster Management, Emergency Management, Development, Humanitarian and Environmental sectors. Free and Open Source means that it is easily Customisable and Extensible. Sahana Eden is also able to integrate with other solutions and can provide a management/ticketing interface around crowd-sourced data - such as that collected in the Ushahidi incident mapping application.

The Sahana project was initiated by volunteers in the Sri Lankan FOSS development community to help their fellow countrymen and countrywomen affected during the 2004 Asian Tsunami in December 2004. The system was officially used by the Government of Sri Lanka and the system was released as Free and Open Source software. Subsequently a re-write as a generic disaster management tools was incubated with the sponsorship of the Swedish International Development Agency, IBM, the US National Science Foundation and it has been used by dozens of Governments and NGOs since then.


Core Features

  • Mapping - Situation Awareness & Geospatial Analysis.
  • Requests Management - Tracks requests for aid and matches them against donors who have pledged aid.
  • Volunteer Management - Manage volunteers by capturing their skills, availability and allocation.
  • Missing Persons Registry - Report and Search for Missing Persons.
  • Disaster Victim Identification.
  • Shelter Registry - Tracks the location, distibution, capacity and breakdown of victims in Shelters.
  • Hospital Management System - Hospitals can share information on resources & needs.
  • Organization Registry - “Who is doing What & Where”. Allows relief agencies to coordinate their activities.
  • Ticketing - Master Message Log to process incoming reports & requests.
  • Messaging - Sends & Receives Alerts via Email & SMS.
  • Document Library - A library of digital resources, such as Photos & Office documents.
  • Ushahidi Integration - Able to integrate data from Ushahidi



Licence: MIT License

Software Version: 0.5.5

Supported Platforms: GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows

API Interfaces: Web, Python

Support: Support, Mailing lists, Chat.

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