UNICEF: Zika

Region of Impact
Latin America
Total funding
$1+ million
Funding began in
2016
Focus
Crisis Response

Overview

Developing a platform to identify and track an outbreak

What they do

UNICEF has been fighting to improve the wellbeing of families and children for over 70 years. Their work in 190 countries has advocated for human basics like nutrition, protection from disaster or conflict, shelter, and equality. By protecting younger generations and the people raising them, UNICEF hopes to lay the foundation for a stronger, better world.

Recently, the Zika virus outbreak put thousands of mothers and infants at risk. Congenital and neurological conditions caused by Zika were found in newborns from 75 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. The number of cases is expected to continue to rise, especially in economically marginalized communities that lack access to prevention information and medical oversight.

How we're helping

Google.org made a $1 million grant to support UNICEF’s efforts to create widespread awareness, reduce mosquito populations, and support the development of diagnostics and vaccines, and launched an employee donation campaign to support UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). To bolster UNICEF’s existing prevention tactics Google.org’s Disaster Corps program dispatched a team of volunteer Google engineers, designers and data scientists to help build a platform that analyzes data such as weather or travel patterns in order to predict where the virus might hit next. Although the prototype is currently being applied to Zika, UNICEF intends to use it to study and fight future outbreaks of other diseases.

Project gallery

A UNICEF field worker converses with a circle of at-risk mothers to raise awareness around the Zika outbreak.
An at-risk infant poses happily for the camera from inside a shelter.
A pregnant woman safely disposes food waste to help curb the mosquito population.
A mother smiles for the camera while cradling a sleeping infant.

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