UGANDA, 2013. John (name changed) was abducted from his home in Democratic Republic of Congo, by the rebel group M23. He managed to escape and crossed the border into Uganda. John was registered as an unaccompanied child and lives in a shelter with other unaccompanied children in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, where he attends school. With the help of RapidFTR John's family was traced, back in DRC and he has been able to write to them and send them photographs. © UNICEF/UKLA2013-03807/LIZ SHAH
UGANDA, 2013. John (name changed) was abducted from his home in Democratic Republic of Congo, by the rebel group M23. He managed to escape and crossed the border into Uganda. John was registered as an unaccompanied child and lives in a shelter with other unaccompanied children in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, where he attends school. With the help of RapidFTR John’s family was traced, back in DRC and he has been able to write to them and send them photographs. © UNICEF/UKLA2013-03807/LIZ SHAH

A big congratulations to all of our teams in Country Offices and Innovations Labs for making UNICEF one of FastCompany’s “50 Most Innovative Companies” in the world. Go team UNICEF Innovation!

For delivering rapid solutions for local problems.

Since launching RapidSMS, its text-based data-collection program, in Nigeria, in 2011, UNICEF has enabled local health workers to register more than 13 million births with the national government through text messages, making it one of the world’s largest mobile health projects. Previously, only about half of Nigerian babies were registered. Without an official identity, children have limited access to health services and education, and are vulnerable to trafficking. In Zambia, health workers adapted RapidSMS, developed in UNICEF’s innovation unit, to text HIV test results, facilitating life-altering interventions. A newer mobile app, RapidFTR, helps reunite family members in developing countries who are separated in refugee camps or by natural disasters.

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