When health workers have access to digital solutions, they are better equipped to track patients’ progress and monitor sustained treatment. Pregnancy registration, vaccine management and other tasks become less cumbersome, and health workers are better able to deliver high-quality care and respond to emergencies like disease outbreaks.
UNICEF is a global leader in digital health interventions, which use information and communication technologies to achieve health goals.
UNICEF and partners leverage digital health technologies to strengthen health systems and enhance the reach and quality of care. UNICEF has also developed an open source software, RapidPro, to support efforts to connect women and children with the health system.
Improving information and data use
UNICEF helps build the capacity of local practitioners to analyze and use data, including through dashboards and other analytical tools. We also enhance the quality of data, and – in coordination with partners – develop standards and guidelines that improve birth and death registration.
To help promote primary health care in communities, UNICEF also makes available a core set of indicators for monitoring and evaluating health outcomes.
Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) combine geospatial data and technologies to strengthen health systems. The increasing availability of geospatial information and data collection tools has sparked global interest in the use of GIS technology for health programmes.
UNICEF supports the integration of GIS in country health data systems. This initiative focuses on developing global guidance, developing GIS tools and "global good" data sets, and conducting in-country GIS capacity-building. For example, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines, UNICEF helps countries use GIS to strengthen immunization services.