22 April 2020

Effects of Physical Distancing Measures

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an extraordinary challenge to the world, our societies, health care systems, and economies. Currently the virus has been confirmed in more than 200 countries and territories.   In this context, many countries are using physical distancing policies (from school closures to travel restrictions or full lockdowns) as tools…, Magic Box, Through data and data science partnerships with private sector companies and leading research groups,  Magic Box  — UNICEF's big data initiative — is working to provide data, tools and insights that allow timely monitoring of physical distancing, evidence on the suitability and sustainability of mobility reductions for low income settings, and…, Reports, Countries are colored according to the first day of maximum policy stringency. UNICEF Countries are colored according to the first day of maximum policy stringency. 10 Oct 2020 This report investigates how the timing of physical distancing policies introduced by governments to mitigate COVID-19 transmission affects both human mobility (measured…, The MagicBox Science Team, Manuel Garcia-Herranz, Chief Scientist  Dohyung Kim, Principal Researcher and Remote Sensing Lead  Vedran Sekara, Principal Researcher and Machine Learning Lead , Our Collaborators and Partners, Frank Schlosser  Humboldt University Berlin & Robert Koch Institute  Laura Alessandretti  Section for Cognitive Systems, Technical University of Denmark   Sune Lehmann  DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark   Rachel Oidtman  Perkins Lab, University of Notre Dame  Alex Perkins  Perkins Lab, University of Notre Dame  Kelton Minor  Center…
13 November 2018

Accelerating the Delivery of Water and Sanitation Services through Real-time Monitoring in Zimbabwe

Learning how to scale innovations Rural communities in Zimbabwe can now more quickly report water and sanitation (WASH) service deficiencies directly to government and obtain the services they need, thanks to UNICEF’s support to the Government of Zimbabwe’s national real-time monitoring systems and scale initiative. Within a mere three months of…, The difference real-time monitoring has made, In the past, the rural WASH information system faced challenges, including a lack of consistent communication between community informants and government extension workers on the status of water and sanitation services. This resulted in a lack of progress in the improvement of rural WASH services. Over time, rural communities became increasingly…, Early lessons and experience sharing across countries, A lesson learned in the first quarter of implementation is the importance of government ownership and leadership. The rural WASH initiative puts the government in the lead for establishing the system. Also, assessing and discussing the sustainability of the system early in its adoption is critical to ensuring that it is effective, that financial…, A test case and emerging good practice for scaling innovations, In July 2017, 11 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and East and Southern Africa regions were provided an integrated support package of technical and financial assistance to strengthen and scale up national real-time monitoring systems through RapidPro. Working with national partners, these countries are designing and…