A big congratulations to all of our teams in Country Offices and Innovations Labs for making UNICEF one of FastCompany’s “50 Most Innovative Companies” in the world. Go team UNICEF Innovation!
For delivering rapid solutions for local problems.
Since launching RapidSMS, its text-based data-collection program, in Nigeria, in 2011, UNICEF has enabled local health workers to register more than 13 million births with the national government through text messages, making it one of the world’s largest mobile health projects. Previously, only about half of Nigerian babies were registered. Without an official identity, children have limited access to health services and education, and are vulnerable to trafficking. In Zambia, health workers adapted RapidSMS, developed in UNICEF’s innovation unit, to text HIV test results, facilitating life-altering interventions. A newer mobile app, RapidFTR, helps reunite family members in developing countries who are separated in refugee camps or by natural disasters.
Read more about RapidSMS here
Read more about RapidFTR here