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On 4 June, a health worker looks at cholera alerts on a mobile telephone in Nyanza Lac, a cholera endemic area in southern Burundi. The information is being provided via RapidPro, a free SMS-based system developed with UNICEF support, which allows local health workers to send alerts to a central database as soon as a new cholera case is detected, track and monitor new cases and report on progress in hospitalized cases.

On 5 June 2015 in Burundi, civil unrest in the country since April has led over 90,000 Burundians to seek refuge in neighbouring countries – the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda – and has raised humanitarian concerns, especially for children and women. The large influx of refugees into the United Republic of Tanzania has resulted in overcrowding and limited access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene, posing a threat of disease spread, including cholera. A recent cholera ouatbreak in the country, spread from Burundian refugees returning from the United Republic of Tanzania or through people who have had contact with refugees, has affected 75 people and resulted in 5 deaths. Although the outbreak has been stabilized, a significant risk of disease resurgence remains. UNICEF is working with the Government and partners, including other United Nations organizations, on both sides of the border, and has dispatched cholera treatment supplies, including cholera kits (for management of up to 100 cholera cases per kit) and high-energy food supplements, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health and nutrition items in response to the outbreak. UNICEF is also supporting the use of communications tools for the management of cholera cases and is providing information to raise awareness and promote prevention measures, such as handwashing with soap, at health centres and within communities to help prevent spread of the disease. As part of its 2015 Humanitarian Action for Children,

An aficionado’s guide for RapidPro (and other life lessons)

The original blog post was published on 7 March 2016 on RapidPro’s blog. To view the original article, click here. Written by Elliot McBride, Innovation Lead, UNICEF Pakistan The 2016 International Development Design Summit in Lahore, showcased some of the brightest young minds in innovation whilst testing them against the […]

El director del Centro de Innovación para la Infancia de Unicef, el doctor Sharad Sapra.  Foto: Cortesía de RTVE.ES

Sharad Sapra (UNICEF): “Poner cerebros a trabajar conjuntamente es algo tan simple como tener un móvil y SMS”

El artículo original fue publicado el 25 de febrero de 2016. Escrito por Samuel A. Pilar. Lee el artículo completo aquí. UNICEF, el Fondo de Naciones Unidas para la Infancia, trabaja desde hace más de dos años en un centro de innovación con el fin de mejorar la vida de la infancia más vulnerable por medio […]

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Tanya Accone

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Tanya Accone

Tanya Accone, Senior Adviser on Innovation and Deputy of UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre. Bangkok, Thailand. Tell us a bit about your background. I’m fourth-generation Chinese born in South Africa. Most of my ancestors came to South Africa from China to practice traditional medicine and manage trading businesses. Like all non-white […]

A UNICEF staff member assisting school headmasters with registration in EduTrac. ©UNICEF2015/KIM

In a Conflict Affected Country, Hopes Arise with EduTrac among School Headmasters

By Ye Ra KIM,  Information Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Communications Officer | Education Programme | UNICEF Bangui Central African Republic Click here to read the previous blog post on EduTrac in CAR. On December 9, 2015, EduTrac was officially launched in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) in the presence of Ministry […]

A conversation with Kidus Asfaw

A conversation with Kidus Asfaw

By Pilar Lagos UNICEF’s role in planning, measuring, tracking, and reporting on results for children requires the ability to gather, connect, and share information between multiple sources and actors. The demands for real-time information and problem solving with partners is vital, especially in humanitarian action. Luckily we have experts and […]

EduTrac Officially Launches in the Central African Republic

EduTrac Officially Launches in the Central African Republic

By Ye Ra KIM, Information Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Communications Officer | Education Programme | UNICEF Bangui Central African Republic On 9 December 2015, the Central African Republic (CAR) officially launched EduTrac, an innovative real-time school data collection system using SMS. UNICEF has been working with the Ministry of […]

Lancement officiel d’EduTrac en République Centrafricaine (RCA)

Lancement officiel d’EduTrac en République Centrafricaine (RCA)

Cliquez ici pour lire l’article en anglais.  Le 9 Décembre 2015, la République Centrafricaine (RCA) a officiellement lancé EduTrac, un système de collecte de données sur les écoles à travers les SMS. EduTrac permettra au Ministère de l’Education une collecte rapide et régulière des données ponctuelles sur les écoles en complémentarité […]

Caption: Adolescent girls attending a DigiSchool session in a Child-Friendly Space in Adjumani district, northern Uganda. / Photo credit: Eun-Young Jeong

How the DigiSchool provides adolescent girls in Uganda a chance to experience the growing digital world

By Eun-Young Jeong Education Officer, UNICEF Uganda Previously, I posted a blog on the impact of DigiSchools in Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers in northern Uganda. In ECD centers, the introduction of the DigiSchool was followed by an increase in children’s attendance and class participation. In this post, I describe […]

UNICEF Partners with Indonesia’s Scouts

UNICEF Partners with Indonesia’s Scouts

By Kinanti Pinta Karana Things were bustling at the Headquarters of Indonesia’s Pramuka (Scouts) in Jakarta ahead of a much-anticipated event last week: The signing of a partnership agreement between the Pramuka and UNICEF Indonesia. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by Pramuka Chairman Adhyaksa Dault and UNICEF Indonesia Representative Gunilla Olsson on […]