By Angelica Gustilo Ong
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 July. Click away:
How travel data can help manage the spread of the Zika virus Amadeus and UNICEF have partnered to facilitate the sharing of vital travel data to better understand patterns of the spread of Zika and potential outbreak zones.
IBM shares data to further strengthen efforts to fight ZIKA IBM is also donating highly local data to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to fight the Zika virus. This data will help UNICEF predict outbreaks, identify patterns and effectively mobilize resources for mosquito control.
UNICEF Welcomes its Fourth Investor to the Innovation Fund The recent contributions of EUR €1.5 million from the Government of Finland will help UNICEF continue investments on new, open-source technologies that can advance the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
mHero and the Principles for Digital Development: Development Done Right Originally designed to collect and share information via SMS for rapid response to Ebola, mHero is now two-way communication for a wide-range of health services. Read more here.
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. In accepting the award for UNICEF, Christopher Fabian called upon technology partners to provide access to data that can improve children’s lives. Read his remarks here.
Star Wars: Force For Change Supports UNICEF Innovation Labs in Myanmar The Myanmar Social Innovation Lab focuses strongly on convening groups of young people from across the country to tackle social challenges in creative ways. Find out how the Myanmar Social Innovation Lab empowers the youth to be active citizens.
Young Makers in Vietnam work to change the lives of Children with Disabilities Over 70 young people including designers, engineers, artisans, medical professionals and children with disabilities participated in the inaugural T.O.M:Vietnam Makeathon to apply their skills to design and prototype open source solutions for children with disabilities. Read full story here.
From 30 to 660 U-Ambassadors, follow U-Report PakAvaz’s journey U-Report PakAvaz is UNICEF’s flagship program in Pakistan. U-Report, a free SMS-based system, allows young Pakistanis to speak out on issues within communities across the country. Read their journey towards establishing U-Report in Pakistan.
Designing for Children in Myanmar The UNICEF Myanmar Child Protection section started a partnership with Point B Design + Training (Point B) to train social case managers from the Department of Social Welfare with Design Thinking methods. Find out why integrating design thinking methodologies improves social case management services here.
Disaster Relief Drones Provide Life-Saving Aid Allison Burtch, UNICEF Innovation’s speculative hardware shares insights on the future opportunities and applications of drones during disaster relief situations. Read more here.
Using UReport and RapidPro to improve emergency packages based on user feedback UNICEF Pakistan improves the effectiveness of hygiene kits through using U-Report – enabling them to receive real-time user and community feedback. Read the results here.