Bar code technology improves rations distributions at South Sudan refugee camp

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UNHCR staff at the Yida camp in South Sudan work on the monthly distribution of food rations for refugees. © UNHCR/S.Cansizoglu

Technology that makes grocery shopping a breeze is also making it easier for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to distribute food and relief items to more than 70,000 displaced people in South Sudan.

UNHCR says the use of barcode technology means the monthly distribution of food rations at Yida refugee camp now takes four days instead of 10.

Refugees present ration cards which are scanned, bringing up photographs and registration information on all persons associated with the card.

Agency staff had previously worked off of printed lists of camp residents, a process which UNHCR says inevitably led to mistakes.

UNHCR is also investigating installing wireless internet technology at Yida camp which would link two distribution sites and allow data to be entered and accessed from different locations.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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