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Nigeria – Using RapidSMS for Birth Registration

Since January 2011 the National Population Commission of Nigeria has been implementing decentralized monitoring using the mobile-phone based platform RapidSMS. The system was designed to identify in real-time, centre-by-centre birth registration disparities, and prompt and facilitate appropriate action. Where it is implemented As of September 2012, RapidSMS is operational in […]

1000 Days: A mHealth Product Overview

1000 Days: A mHealth Product Overview

Leveraging RapidSMS to Support Health, Nutrition and the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the Last Mile Product Overview With the launch of the global Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative, UNICEF is developing a mobile service product to support essential interventions in the 1000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and […]

UNICEF profiles Mwana Partnership

Partnerships are critical to deliver results for children. Since it’s inception, UNICEF has worked with a broad range of partners at global, regional, and national levels. Mwana was chosen as one of the few partnerships case studies that illustrate how partnerships have contributed to results and the creation of innovation […]

Learning From Our Students

Learning From Our Students

Global, hybrid collaborations and what they mean for UNICEF I have spoken a great deal recently about how UNICEF’s global network of operations, partners and work is a powerful counter-weight to the hyper-locality of focus we have in the field.  A child protection specialist in Zimbabwe may be entirely focused on […]

My DesignMatters Fellowship

My DesignMatters Fellowship

UNICEF might seem like an odd place for a graduate design student to spend a term, but Art Center’s Media Design and Design Matters departments have had a number of students working there in recent years—and it has continued to be a really rewarding experience for both the students and […]

TIME Magazine Covers UNICEF supported mTrac system in Uganda

In TIME Magazine latest issues covers one of UNICEF’s mHealth systems in Uganda . M-Trac is a SMS-based disease surveillance and medicine tracking system. It provides real-time data for response while monitoring health service delivery performance. The initiative also integrates governance and accountability through citizen feedback, an anonymous hotline and public dialogue […]

BBC Covers Mwana in Malawi

The BBC Future Section writes an article about Programme Mwana in Malawi called “RapidSMS: Saving a life in 160 characters”.  The articles describes the history of RapidSMS and the specific implementation of Mwana in Malawi. It also describes how RapidSMS has been extended in Malawi to cover pre-natal and post-natal care, […]

mHealth Interoperability Workshop

UNICEF invited a group of leading mHealth implementors and innovators for a 5 day workshop in Kigali, Rwanda in early July 2012. The gathering saw technologists, health experts, ministry of health officials, and international development workers under one roof to discuss interoperability between key mHealth software solutions. Currently, the mHealth […]