REAL TIME TRACKING with RapidPro
After the appearance of 170 cholera cases in Burundi refugee camps, UNICEF has introduced RapidPro technology, a tracking and recording application for mobile phones that has allowed health workers to quickly notify the central level of new cases, and to report on each hospitalized case.
Communications tools for use in health centres and in communities are critical to limiting contamination and rapidly containing the illness. Gloriose Nsengiyumva, in charge of the health information systems at the health district at Nyanza Lac says “It’s the first time we can track cholera cases using SMS alerts. It’s the quickest way to alert the central level, who can then follow all cases and take actions needed. If we hadn’t had this system in the current outbreak, we would have had more cases of death.”