Ivan Gayton

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Ivan Gayton (full name Ivan Buendía Gayton) is a Canadian academic, inventor, and humanitarian manager who makes his own Unmanned aerial vehicle,[1][2] organizes digital mapping of crisis zones,[3] and has co-founded and co-invented various platforms and groups to map parts of the world that lack digital mapping.[4]

Humanitarian career

Gayton worked as a Tree planting before joining Médecins Sans Frontières as a logistician.[5]

He was deployed to Haiti to manage the logistics of the response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[5]

He worked as an emergency coordinator of Médecins Sans Frontières and organised digital mapping of disaster zones for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team in an attempt to completely map all parts of the world.[1] Gayton co-founded Missing Maps[4] and co-invented the MapSwipe technology used to Crowdsourcing digital mapping.[6]

Gayton has organized mapping for to help the response to the cholera outbreak in the Lubumbashi area of Democratic Republic of the Congo. HIs maps have been used by the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières.[3]

Gayton previously directed the Médecins Sans Frontières response to mass lead poisoning in north west Nigeria.[7]


Gayton's 2015 co-authored paper "Access to healthcare for the most vulnerable migrants: a humanitarian crisis"[8] is widely cited in 35 academic sources.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Battle of the drones: the little guys taking on the tech giants". the Guardian. 2015-02-07. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  2. "Conditions at UN's South Sudan camp inhumane, says MSF". the Guardian. 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bartlett, Karen. The Health of Nations: The Campaign to End Polio and Eradicate Epidemic Diseases. United Kingdom: Oneworld Publications, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The crowdsourcing movement to improve African maps". ca.finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mask, Deirdre. The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power. United States: St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2020.
  6. "MapSwipe app lets public deliver medical care to vulnerable | MSF". MSF Southern Africa. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  7. Beaubien, Jason (2013-02-06). "Nigeria Moves To Clean Up Lead Pollution From Gold Mines". NPR. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  8. Pottie, Kevin; Martin, Jorge Pedro; Cornish, Stephen; Biorklund, Linn Maria; Gayton, Ivan; Doerner, Frank; Schneider, Fabien (2015-05-07). "Access to healthcare for the most vulnerable migrants: a humanitarian crisis". Conflict and Health. 9 (1): 16. doi:10.1186/s13031-015-0043-8. ISSN 1752-1505. PMC 4436094. PMID 25991922.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: PMC format (link)
  9. "Google Scholar". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2021-12-17.

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