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