By Pilar Lagos

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 March. Click away:

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Google says its engineers working with UNICEF to map Zika
UNICEF is working with Google engineers and data scientists to create an open source platform to help target Zika response efforts. This platform will process information — like weather and travel patterns — to build risk maps.

Malawi tests first unmanned aerial vehicle flights for HIV early infant diagnosis
On 14 March 2016, the Government of Malawi and UNICEF tested how using UAVs could reduce the time it takes to test infants for HIV. The test, which used simulated samples (no human blood), will have the potential to cut waiting times dramatically, and if successful, will be integrated into the health system alongside others mechanisms.

MUAC measurement: Why we need new innovative tools
A reflection on the nuances of the MUAC measuring tape and the need to come up with new solutions.

Cellphone reporting for Nutrition in Mali
The UNICEF Mali office launched its mobile based Health Management Information System called SNISIin November 2014. The pilot has successfully run in the Mopti Region of Mali collecting weekly and monthly data on malaria, the integrated management of acute malnutrition (IMAM), reproductive health, EPI, bed net distribution, Trachomatous Trichiasis and other nationally notifiable diseases. Read the complete blog post here.

Kenya’s C4DLab partners with UNICEF to promote innovation for youth
UNICEF has partnered with the University of Nairobi’s innovation hub C4DLab to run design thinking courses to help build a community of user-centric innovators in Kenya. Read the story here.

An aficionado’s guide for RapidPro (and other life lessons)

Elliot McBride, Innovation Lead at UNICEF Pakistan, shares seven tips on how to use RapidPro. Great humor included. Read the full blog post here

Agent X: Event games with RapidPro
Elliot McBride shares his insights on using RapidPro to build games and activities which can be used to launch events or at youth camps. Here’s Elliot’s successful attempt at creating fun and good ways to practically display U-Report to a new audience.

Tsinghua University and UNICEF launch innovation partnership to help reach some of the world’s most disadvantaged children
On March 22, 2016, Tsinghua University and UNICEF announced a new long-term partnership to leverage the use of innovation, design and technology, in helping to reach some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children across the world.

Can a rural handpump tell you it’s not well?
Heloise Greeff, a doctoral researcher at Oxford University’s Computational Health Informatics Lab, has been working with UNICEF on an innovative WASH project called Smart Handpumps, which focuses on using low-cost sensor and mobile technology to predict the potential failure of water pumps, ensuring a consistent water supply. Read her blog post here.

The five future areas series
UNICEF Innovation scans the near-future horizon, focusing on areas undergoing rapid changes that could have a significant impact on children. Working with the private sector and academia, UNICEF is exploring these emerging tech areas to bring value for businesses while also improving access to services and information for children.
In the following blogs posts, we explore organizations that are pioneering in these tech spaces:

  • Mobile money services and digital currencies
  • Sensor and wearable technology
  • Learning and education
  • Power logistics and transport
  • Identity and personal data

How mobile money is providing access to basic services to the most disadvantaged communities
Let’s get started with organizations that are transforming the concept of financial services, from Kampala to Mumbai.

Are UAVs the next game-changer in development?
Let’s take a closer look at cases of UAVs being used in development.

Wearable and sensor tech: Designing for the developing world
Learn about organizations that are designing wearable and sensor tech for the developing world.

How mobile technology is helping provide an identity to the most marginalized populations
Find out how UNICEF is using technology to facilitate birth registration for children. Also, read about how Bitnation Refugee Emergency Response (BRER), a Humanitarian Aid Project of Bitnation helped facilitate and provide Emergency Services and Humanitarian Aid to refugees during the European Refugee Crisis by utilizing Blockchain technology.

From customized learning programs to offline apps, how children are learning inside and outside the classrooms
Check out these organizations that are redefining education.

Innovation for every child: Scotland imagines the future
Sharad Sapra, Principal Adviser and Director of the Global Innovation Centre at UNICEF wrote a piece on the huge potential of working with the Scottish technology sector. Read his thought piece here.

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Nelson Rodrigues
Meet Nelson Rodrigues, Innovation Specialist based out of Cambodia. Nelson ensures that the innovation agenda is implemented across UNICEF Cambodia.

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Clemens Gros
Meet Clemens Gros, helping shape interventions and policies in UNICEF Ghana.

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