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 […]

Kim Van in blue T-shirt in the middle at Outreach event for disabilities at The Disability Research & Capacity Development Center (DRD), District 9, HCMC UPSHIFT Outreach © UNICEF/Innovations Lab Ho Chi Minh/UPSHIFT Outreach/ October 2015

UPSHIFT Vietnam: Kim Van is fulfilling her dream of helping people with disabilities overcome challenges in daily transportation

I still remember our first encounter with Kim Van, head of the “Assist People with Disabilities on Public Transportation” project, when we organized our first UPSHIFT outreach session at the Center for Disability Research & Capacity Development (DRD) in Vietnam. Van has weak leg muscles and is reliant on a […]

From left to right: Bui Nguyen Nhat Minh (supporter), Nguyen Minh Hai, Dao Van Thom, La Thi Mai Thu, Nguyen Minh Tuan are in blue T-shirts (participants), and Nguyen Nha Quyen (mentor) UPSHIFT Workshop © UNICEF/Innovations Lab Ho Chi Minh/UPSHIFT Workshop/ Truong Viet Hung/ November 2015

UPSHIFT Vietnam: Tuấn Nguyễn and team aim to build a job-seeking website to help bridge the gap between blind people, their abilities, and employers

UPSHIFT has brought new opportunities to Vietnamese youth, specifically those from marginalized communities, to learn skills that they might need to bring about their own social impact projects. To think that the participants are the only ones that have benefited from the program is not entirely true. Those of us […]

All participants (in blue), mentors and UPSHIFT organizers (in white) UPSHIFT Workshop © UNICEF/Innovations Lab Ho Chi Minh/UPSHIFT Workshop/ Truong Viet Hung/ November 2015

An UPSHIFT Journey: From Kosovo to Vietnam

Enter UPSHIFT Social Impact Workshop In 2014, Unicef Kosovo Programme‘s UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo developed and launched the first UPSHIFT programme ever. UPSHIFT seeks to create youth-led social impact programs by providing them with the necessary skill training, financial resources and mentorship. The Kosovo program achieved some impressive results: More than 126 […]

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 […]