Global Innovation Centre (GIC)

U-Reporters officially launch U-Report in  Uzbekistan

UNICEF and Partners Launch a New Digital Platform for Youth in Uzbekistan

TASHKENT, 5 October 2018 – About 6oo young people – school children, students of the colleges and universities, members of the Youth Union of Uzbekistan, officials and representatives from governmental, public and international organizations, media gathered at the ‘Zarafshan’ Media Hall to attend the launch of U-Report, a new digital […]

Nursing Officer Pauline Nalutaaya collects and sends the weekís public health data to the district headquarters at Butenga Health Centre IV, in Bukomansimbi District, via mTrac. Health workers are sending weekly health reports using the service, minimizing costs previously related to paper-based reporting.

In September 2013, an innovative government-led initiative known as mTrac is helping to improve the quality of health care and better save children's lives in Uganda. Launched by the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and other partners, mTrac uses basic mobile phones and Rapid SMS text messaging to monitor and track disease prevalence, drug stocks, health-service delivery and other health-related issues in real time, including in many of the countryís most remote areas. Currently, more than 10 million mobile phone users have the ability to engage with the Government in monitoring health services using the service. Digital innovations, including Ugandaís mTrac, are helping countries to reduce child mortality and support the global movement ëA Promise Renewedí. As of 12 September, 176 governments have signed the ëCommitting to Child Survival: A Promise Renewedí pledge, and thousands of civil society groups and private individuals have mobilized actions and resources in support of the goal of ending preventable child deaths within a generation. Uganda is among 15 low-income countries that have achieved reductions in under-five mortality of more than 100 deaths per 1,000 live births since 1990.

UNICEF looks to scale real time monitoring systems using open source technology to 110 countries by 2021.

By Raquel Wexler and Ye Wang UNICEF aims to scale up national real-time monitoring systems in 110 countries by 2021, starting with an initiative to support 11 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and East and South Africa regions through the scale up of RapidPro. US$3 million […]

Sompong (Kompong Speu). 30/04/2003: Child assessment, part of UNICEF "Seth Koma" (Child's Rights) program. All children under 5 are registered and weighed, while at the same time, health education and immunisation is provided.

Harnessing mobile technology to improve birth registration systems in Cambodia

The original story was published in UNICEF Connect East Asia & Pacific on 27 February 2017. Written by Simon Nazer. View the original article here. Interactive Voice Response (IVR) is being used in Cambodia to help ensure fewer children miss out on being registered at birth. Around 25% of all children under 5 years […]

Know your (immune) status – Biological Sensors

Know your (immune) status – Biological Sensors

The original story was published in Science Today on 14 November 2016. Written by Tamika Fellows. View the original article here. UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre (GIC) has partnered with Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre to support the research of biological sensors. This study explores the potential of biological sensors to […]

UNICEF and UNHCR sign partnership to empower young refugees through SMS technology

UNICEF and UNHCR sign partnership to empower young refugees through SMS technology

Press Release Islamabad, 23 January 2017 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to utilise mobile technology for the empowerment of the young refugee population residing in Pakistan. The partnership will utilise U-Report PakAvaz, UNICEF’s flagship […]

John Cordiero discusses Ilhasoft’s use of RapidPro within smartphone apps

RapidCon 2016 brings RapidPro tech development community together

By: Evan Wheeler & Katharine McFadden  RapidCon is a conference that brings together technology vendors and partners with the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre to discuss the technical evolution of RapidPro’s architecture. RapidCon provides a way to orient new vendors on LTAs (long-term agreements for services) to the RapidPro ecosystem and to identify vendor […]