People You Need To Know: Erica Kochi – Social Good Changing The World.

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What if a simple measurement could help save a child’s life? How can you get 1 million people (u-reporters) to globally join hands and become powerful agents for social change in their communities? How is it possible to make children’s lives better around issues of health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, water and sanitation, education, and protection? Working with an interdisciplinary team of individuals around the world to address these issues and more, is not only what Erica Kochi—as Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director of UNICEF—gets to do every day, it’s also what propelled her onto the TIME 100 “World’s Most Influential People” List in 2013. 

“Among other notable accomplishments, Erica has worked with partners to develop open source technologies that have registered seven million births in Nigeria over 15 months and provided antenatal care to thousands of pregnant women across Rwanda. These systems are built on a set of principles, such as collaboration and learning from fast failures, that have informed successes such as the tracking of the distribution of more than 25 million insecticide treated mosquito nets and providing a direct feedback loop for more than 260,000 young Ugandans to engage with their government and change policy in real time.” —PSFK, Purple List.

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