Maternal mortality is a major priority of the Mauritanian Government and UN agencies working in the country, but the lack of information on gaps in the healthcare system makes it difficult to design targeted interventions. In a new interagency initiative supported by WHO, UNFPA, and UNICEF, the Mauritanian Ministry of Health has launched a smartphone-based Real Time Monitoring (RTM) system to capture data in health facilities. Nurses, midwives and doctors use the mobile app to record information on causes of maternal deaths as these happen.
An important 5-day workshop on PolioInfo Afghanistan and the SMS Data Capture tool took place at the National EPI (Expanded Programme on Immunization) offices in Kabul from the 13th to the 17th of July.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently released an innovative and interactive tool called the Decomposition of Future Population Growth, which provides critical information on population growth at the global, regional and national levels.
In order to better track the evolution of child and adolescent well-being in Colombia, the UNICEF country office created a massive database containing more than 7 million data on youth spanning from 2005 to present from official State sources.
The UN DevInfo Initiative recently participated in the 46th Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Libraries and Information Centers (APLIC), a global network of communication, information and resource professionals dedicated to providing assistance and support to members and to other population and reproductive health colleagues, especially in developing nations. Held from 9-10 April 2013 in New Orleans, USA, the meeting attracted a gathering of national population and family planning librarians from across the United States.
What is the percentage of children living in poverty in the industrialized world? What is the rate of children bullied at school there, as well as that of smokers? Where do these countries rank in terms of air pollution?
In 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) recorded over 16,000 polio cases in 171 countries. This year only 187 cases (as of November 15th) were reported in four countries: Afghanistan, Chad, Nigeria, and Pakistan. While this global trend is encouraging, it masks an unsettling fact: not all countries are making progress. Between 2011 and 2012, three countries (Afghanistan, Chad, and Pakistan) experienced a reduction in their number of polio cases, but Nigeria saw a 63% increase (from 62 to 101 cases respectively). As a result, Nigeria accounted for 54% of all polio cases in 2012, up from only 9.5% of all global cases in 2011.