Tag: RapidPro

Flood-displaced families sit outside classrooms in a school-turned  refuge camp, after they fled their village from rising floodwaters, on 10 September, 2011, in Badin, Pakistan. More than 17% of children in the flood areas are severely acutely malnourished and 67% of livestock has been destroyed after torrential monsoon rains, reminiscent of the 2010 floods that devastated Pakistan, have reportedly already killed over 200 people, left 300,000 homeless and affected over 7 million. Children are the most vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera in the flood areas due to the loss of clean water and sanitation services. UNICEF has already begun providing humanitarian supplies and is bringing in more over the next days and weeks as the UN and Pakistani government launched the Rapid Response Plan calling for US$356.7 million to address the needs of flood-affected families for the next six months. (UNICEF/2011/Warrick Page)

By 18 September 2011, over 5.4 million people, including 2.7 million children, had been affected by monsoon rains and flooding. In Sindh Province, 665,821 houses have been damaged or destroyed. In addition, 824,000 people have been displaced and 248 killed. Affected areas in Balochistan Province have yet to be fully assessed. Many government schools have been turned into temporary shelters, and countless water sources have been contaminated. Over 70 per cent of standing crops and nearly 14,000 livestock have been destroyed in affected areas, where 80 per cent of the population relies on agriculture for food and income. Affected communities are also threatened by measles, acute watery diarrhoea, hepatitis and other communicable diseases. The crisis comes one year after the country’s 2010 monsoon-related flooding disaster, which covered up to one fifth of the country in flood water and affected more than 18 million people, half of them children. Families are still recovering from the earlier emergency, which aggravated levels of chronic m

Establishing a Baseline of school safety practices using RapidPro real-time SMS technology in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

By Elliot McBride Innovation Specialist, UNICEF Pakistan Floods, terror attacks, earthquakes, and medical emergencies are the most common types of disasters identified by UNICEF Pakistan’s Disaster Risk Reduction unit for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan. These disasters pose a threat to the safety of many schools and school children within KP. To […]

John Cordiero discusses Ilhasoft’s use of RapidPro within smartphone apps

RapidCon 2016 brings RapidPro tech development community together

By: Evan Wheeler & Katharine McFadden  RapidCon is a conference that brings together technology vendors and partners with the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre to discuss the technical evolution of RapidPro’s architecture. RapidCon provides a way to orient new vendors on LTAs (long-term agreements for services) to the RapidPro ecosystem and to identify vendor […]

November 2016 Recap: Must-Read Stories

November 2016 Recap: Must-Read Stories

Hi there UNICEFStories Readers. It’s been an exciting month. In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during November. Click away. UNICEF Innovation Fund On 15 November, 2016 – UNICEF announced its first portfolio of venture capital […]

So consider this a Failure Friday posting on the wrong day.

From Fail to Scale: catching up with the field workers

The original story was published in Nutrition RapidSMS on 17 November 2016. View the original article here. There is a misperception among many that tech or innovative developments are being introduced from the national level downwards.  When we started to scale-up the reporting with RapidPro in Northern Nigeria, it was […]

RapidPro for Nutrition in Nigeria

RapidPro for Nutrition in Nigeria

by Robert Johnston Across Northern Nigeria, UNICEF is scaling up the use of RapidPro for the monitoring and evaluation of both the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. RapidPro is the UNICEF INNOVATION open-source tool that allows two-way communication by text messaging. For this project, we are half way through our […]

Volunteer Opportunity: mHealth Deployment Assistant

Volunteer Opportunity: mHealth Deployment Assistant

Download the complete Terms of Reference here Volunteer – mHealth Deployment Assistant Location of Assignment: Kampala, Uganda (Global Innovation Lab Mbuya) Language (s) required: Fluency in English Duration: up to 3 months BACKGROUND UNICEF has been innovating for children for more than 60 years. Innovations support the organization’s 135+ country offices in finding […]

 

USAID mHealth compendium features mHealth that scales

Produced by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and published on May 2016, the full publication can be viewed in the mHealth Compendium Special Edition 2016: Reaching Scale. To read the full publication, click here. Due to the rapid growth in access to mobile phones and networks, opportunities […]