Enhancing Community Engagement Through Data Collection: Controlling the Cholera Epidemic in Mozambique

Mozambique was hit by Cyclone Idai in March 2019, followed by Cyclone Kenneth in April 2019, causing about 2.2 million people to require humanitarian assistance in cyclone-affected areas, and an outbreak of cholera in Sofala Province. This SSHAP Case Study explores the role of repurposing U-Report – a platform created by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve citizen engagement, inform leaders, and foster positive change.

U-Report was used in four districts of Sofala Province to collect relevant social science data through volunteers to guide post-cyclone cholera response activities. The case study also presents the value of reactivating the SMS Biz youth network to collect information in the first weeks of the emergency and to inform the cholera activities and vaccination campaigns.

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