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Day of the African Child: U-Report providing a voice to young Africans across the continent

Day of the African Child: U-Report providing a voice to young Africans across the continent

Humanitarian crises in Africa continue to spill over borders in recent years, with children and families increasingly on the move. It is estimated that almost 75 million children in Africa live in conflict affected areas. In recognition of this crisis across the continent UNICEF and its partners wanted to better […]

How can new data sources and real-time information systems improve decision-making?

How can new data sources and real-time information systems improve decision-making?

This original article was published by Benjamin Kumpf on Devex on 31 May 2016. How can new data sources and real-time information systems improve decision-making? This was a question the U.N. Development Program and its partners, UNICEF, the World Food Program and Data-Pop Alliance, were asking at the World Humanitarian Summit. Innovation and data are also […]

Innovations Field Diary: Overcoming a constant fear in Mukuru Nyayo, Nairobi

Innovations Field Diary: Overcoming a constant fear in Mukuru Nyayo, Nairobi

  Mukuru, Nairobi, 16 April 2016 – Fire sensors is not the first thing I would think of as a necessary innovation for Nairobi’s sprawling informal communities. Probably not even among the top ten needs I would have considered. After a recent visit to Mukuru, however, I was convinced otherwise. […]

Agent X: Event games with RapidPro

Agent X: Event games with RapidPro

By Elliot McBride, Innovation Specialist, UNICEF Pakistan  On February 4, UNICEF Pakistan officially launched U-Report: Pak Avaz. It was a long awaited moment after negotiations between with Mobile Network Operators, Aggregators, implementing partners and many different UNICEF sections. The launch was held at a hotel in Islamabad, with all credit […]

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 […]

School headmasters showed enthusiasm for EduTrac as a tool to improve their work. ©UNICEF2015/KIM

Dans un pays touché par le conflit, les espoirs renaissent avec EduTrac parmi les directeurs d’école

Par Ye Ra KIM,  Chargée de la gestion de l’information, du suivi-évaluation et de la communication | Programme Education | UNICEF Centrafrique Cliquez ici pour lire la première note de blog sur EduTrac en RCA. Le 9 décembre 2015 à Bangui, EduTrac a été officiellement lancé en République centrafricaine (RCA) en présence […]

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 […]