Tag: real-time monitoring

Government extension workers in Insiza district (469 km south of the Zimbabwe capital, Harare) receive training on the Rural WASH Information Management System (RWIMS) – SMS Notification Response (SNR). Photo credit: ©UNICEF Zimbabwe/2018/ Mutsiwegota

Digital Monitoring in support of National eSystems Strengthening: Lessons from UNICEF’s RapidPro Scale Up Initiative

By: Raquel Wexler, Deepak Bhaskaran, Sean Blaschke, Wojciech Koprowicz, Cary McCormick, Iain Murray, Lillian Luanda, Zuriñe Cadena Jimenez The Real-time Monitoring through RapidPro Scale-Up initiative is enabling UNICEF teams to leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the delivery of national services and monitoring of programmes, while strengthening the ability […]

A Zimbabwe Government extension worker updates the status of a borehole in Chikomba district, 118 km south of the capital, Harare. ©Ministry of Environment, Water & Climate, Zimbabwe/2018

Reaching the Hardest-to-Reach: Accelerating the Delivery of Water and Sanitation Services through Real-time Monitoring (RTM) in Zimbabwe

By Moreblessing Munyaka, Aidan Cronin, Raquel Wexler Learning how to scale innovations Rural communities in Zimbabwe can now more quickly report water and sanitation (WASH) service deficiencies directly to government and obtain the services they need, thanks to UNICEF’s support to the Government of Zimbabwe’s national real-time monitoring systems and […]

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 […]

In a meeting where the UNICEF team defined EduTrac indicators with the Ministry of Education. The Ministry was enthusiastic about the EduTrac initiative.  © UNICEF CAR 2015/KIM

Using SMS to Reach Schools in Five Minutes in a Conflict-Affected Country

By Ye Ra KIM,  Information Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Communications Officer | Education Programme | UNICEF Bangui Central African Republic EduTrac is an innovative system that uses SMS for the real-time monitoring of schools. It helps the Ministry of Education better understand the situation in schools even in the most hard-to-reach […]