Tag: real-time

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 […]

New open source app helps protect children displaced by conflict

New open source app helps protect children displaced by conflict

A life–saving service for vulnerable children caught up in crises is now available to government, aid agencies and social service workers through an open source app developed by UNICEF and its partners. The app known as Primero, facilitates the secure collection, storage and sharing of data to improve child protection, […]

Ms. Flavia Ouma, Senior IT Officer of Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) demonstrating the uSurvey application to a field worker during the field testing of the system for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Survey in January 2016. © UNICEF Uganda/2016/FGM-1

uSurvey: An open source mobile tool that blends IT and programme skills to improve UNICEF’s work for children

by BP Panwar, and Sarah Kabaija – Information and Communication Technologies and Development – ICTD Advancements in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are creating new opportunities to impact children’s lives, and UNICEF is at the forefront of deploying innovative and technology-enabled solutions to reduce the inequalities children face. UNICEF, in collaboration with […]

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 […]

Jessica Tribbe, a UNICEF Uganda Innovation Lab team member, projects a text book with the Mobistation, a portable technology platform which can be powered by solar, generator, or grid power. Seeta CU school, Mukono district, Uganda. 14-02-2014   PHOTO/ Michele Sibiloni.

6 UNICEF Innovations: From strengthening health systems in real-time to empowering youth to speak up

By UNICEF Innovation #uinnovate For us, innovation at UNICEF means doing something different that adds value. This also means that we need to be agile so we can  adapt to the evolving challenges affecting all children. At UNICEF, we use innovation to create solutions that strengthen our work in child […]