Real-time Information

A Zimbabwe Government extension worker updates the status of a borehole in Chikomba district, 118 km south of the capital, Harare. ©Ministry of Environment, Water & Climate, Zimbabwe/2018

Reaching the Hardest-to-Reach: Accelerating the Delivery of Water and Sanitation Services through Real-time Monitoring (RTM) in Zimbabwe

By Moreblessing Munyaka, Aidan Cronin, Raquel Wexler Learning how to scale innovations Rural communities in Zimbabwe can now more quickly report water and sanitation (WASH) service deficiencies directly to government and obtain the services they need, thanks to UNICEF’s support to the Government of Zimbabwe’s national real-time monitoring systems and […]

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 […]

Health workers harness real-time data to support Indonesia’s largest immunization campaign

Health workers harness real-time data to support Indonesia’s largest immunization campaign

By Tanya Accone @accone – Insights from a recent field mission at Bandung Barat District in West Java Province. Indonesia has the fourth highest number of underimmunized children in the world — 1.9 million. It also has a government determined to take action to improve immunization coverage. Together with UNICEF, […]

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Internet of Good Things helps build the foundation for early learning in Eastern and Southern Africa

Written by: Guillaume Michels UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAR) Communication and Early Education sections teamed up with UNICEF Office of Innovation’s Global Innovation Centre team to build and promote Early Education information, activities and Care Practices for Child Development with the Internet of Good Things (IoGT) mobile service. Children’s […]

Students in a Government Primary School Sheikh Maula Gambat, Khairpur district, Sindh province, Pakistan. ©Asad Zaidi

UNICEF Works with U-Reporters to improve menstrual hygiene for girls and women in Pakistan

Pakistan – July 2017 – Hira Hafeez- Ur- Rehman Talking about menstruation should not make people, particularly young girls, and boys – feel uneasy, or embarrassed. Menstruation is a normal, major stage of puberty in girls. However, many girls in Pakistan and around the world still feel ashamed to talk about […]

Why Big Data is Important to Youth: An Interview with Mohammad Ilham Akbar Junior

Why Big Data is Important to Youth: An Interview with Mohammad Ilham Akbar Junior

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was celebrated on 17 May 2017. The theme for this year’s day was “Big Data for Big Impact” and focused on the power of Big Data for development. To commemorate the day, Mohammad Ilham Akbar Junior, a United Nations (UN) Youth Volunteer with the […]

District training and monitoring team (DTMT) member uses the table to collect data in the classroom for the child-friendly school assessment checklist. ©Open Institute

Digital innovation to improve child-friendliness of schools in Cambodia

By Stina Heikkila and Daniel Calderbank Phnom Penh, Cambodia –  Introducing a new monitoring technology aims to help with the delivery of a better learning environment and strengthen the role of school inspectors in schools across Cambodia. UNICEF and development partners are jointly supporting various intervention projects to improve the […]