Tag: real-time information

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 […]

October 2017 Recap: Must-Read Stories

October 2017 Recap: Must-Read Stories

Hi there UNICEFStories Readers. In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during October. Click away. Project Connect, in Partnership with UNICEF’s Office of Innovation, Launches First of Its Kind, Interactive Map Visualizing the Digital Divide in […]

UNICEF and UNHCR sign partnership to empower young refugees through SMS technology

UNICEF and UNHCR sign partnership to empower young refugees through SMS technology

Press Release Islamabad, 23 January 2017 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to utilise mobile technology for the empowerment of the young refugee population residing in Pakistan. The partnership will utilise U-Report PakAvaz, UNICEF’s flagship […]

Amina, raise her hand to give answer to the question asked by the teacher in her Urdu class in UNICEF sported child friendly, Government girls elementary school, Kot Azam Khan, Kasur District, Punjab province Pakistan. Photographer: Asad Zaidi

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From 30 to 660 U-Ambassadors, follow U-Report PakAvaz’s journey

U-Report PakAvaz is UNICEF’s flagship program in Pakistan. U-Report is a free SMS-based system that allows young Pakistanis to speak out on issues within communities across the country and work together with other community leaders for positive change. Establishing U-Report in Pakistan initially, we selected thirty young individuals between the […]

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UNICEF calls on technology partners to provide access to data that can improve children’s lives.

On 17 July, 2016, UNICEF received an award for using innovation, data science, and real-time information to solve global goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by world leaders in September 2015 to improve the lives of people everywhere, by aiming to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice, […]

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. […]

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Talking RapidPro at New York University with World Food Programme

By Pilar Lagos “How many of you have cellphones?” asked RapidPro Global Product Manager, Kidus Asfaw, to a group of Master of Public Health students at New York University’s College of Global Public Health and World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Directors from 11 countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Honduras, Peru, Sudan, Guatemala, Ghana […]

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UNICEF Innovation Fund: Program Update

Originally published on the Star Wars website. To read the original article, click here. This is the second update about the Disney and Star Wars™: Force For Change collaboration with UNICEF. Read the first update here. Since Disney and Lucasfilm became founding members of the UNICEF Innovation Fund in 2014, Star Wars: Force For Change […]

Women use a mobile phone, on Île de Fitiné, an island and fishing village in Lake Chad, Lac Region. Lake Chad – once one of Africa’s largest freshwater lakes – has shrunk by some 95 per cent since 1960. Consequently, many fishing communities find it difficult to maintain their traditional way of life. The shrinkage is also linked to water shortages, food scarcity and malnutrition.

In April 2011 in Chad, malnutrition – a preventable condition – remains one of the greatest threats to children’s right to survival and development. One out of every five of Chad’s children dies before her/his fifth birthday. More than 100,000 of the country’s children aged 0–5 are malnourished, and 1 out of every 10,000 dies each day. Though chronic food insecurity is the main underlying cause of malnutrition, widespread poverty, rising food prices, desertification and climate change all play a part in this silent emergency. UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Health and other partners to improve community-based interventions structured around 205 nutrition centres throughout Chad’s Sahel belt. Between January and October 2011, these centres treated approximately 56,000 under-five children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The effects of chronic malnutrition have only been exacerbated by conflict – both internal and external – that has left hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons as well as refugees from Sudan and the Central African Republic dependent upon aid for survival. In addition to nutrition, UNICEF is also supporting programmes in other vital sectors, including education, health care, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and child protection, for both Chadian and refugee communities. UNICEF is requesting US$46.4 million to continue ongoing assistance for the country’s most vulnerable in 2012.

RapidPro: Enhancing communication with those who matter most

Originally published in the NetHope Solutions Center blog on 22 April 2015, by Emma Schwartz, who provides communications support for NetHope. Listen to the webinar recording here    During the September 2014 UN General Assembly meetings, UNICEF announced its investment in an open source communication platform called RapidPro to enhance real-time information flow in […]