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The Sehat Appa programme delivers menstrual hygiene training to community health workers in marginalized communities and delivers accurate information to young girls and women in the community. The programme aims to reach more than 300,000 girls and women with knowledge to on building good habits. © UNICEF/Pakistan/2018

Design for girls, by girls. Period.

By Gloria Lihemo and Rosemary Arnott Solutions should always be grounded in the people who use them. This is the value of “human-centered design”, an approach UNICEF is using to complement traditional expert- and research-based thinking. By understanding the people who will use the solutions — their wants and needs — […]

Unicef & Arm: Working to Improve the Lives of Children in Cities

Unicef & Arm: Working to Improve the Lives of Children in Cities

The original story was published in radar sustainability Written By Matt Loose. View the original post here.  Arm, the semiconductor intellectual property supplier, and UNICEF have been working with technology since 2015 to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. Their Wearables for Good Challenge aimed to demonstrate how wearable and sensor […]

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UNICEF Innovate: 2018 Davos Roundup

23-26 January , 2018 – UNICEF Innovation Futures Lead & WEF Global Future Council on Human Rights chair – Erica Kochi joins world leaders, industry experts, and changemakers at Davos 2018’s “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World” to discuss the opportunities and implications of  emerging technologies — and the responsibility […]

Nursing Officer Pauline Nalutaaya collects and sends the weekís public health data to the district headquarters at Butenga Health Centre IV, in Bukomansimbi District, via mTrac. Health workers are sending weekly health reports using the service, minimizing costs previously related to paper-based reporting.

In September 2013, an innovative government-led initiative known as mTrac is helping to improve the quality of health care and better save children's lives in Uganda. Launched by the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and other partners, mTrac uses basic mobile phones and Rapid SMS text messaging to monitor and track disease prevalence, drug stocks, health-service delivery and other health-related issues in real time, including in many of the countryís most remote areas. Currently, more than 10 million mobile phone users have the ability to engage with the Government in monitoring health services using the service. Digital innovations, including Ugandaís mTrac, are helping countries to reduce child mortality and support the global movement ëA Promise Renewedí. As of 12 September, 176 governments have signed the ëCommitting to Child Survival: A Promise Renewedí pledge, and thousands of civil society groups and private individuals have mobilized actions and resources in support of the goal of ending preventable child deaths within a generation. Uganda is among 15 low-income countries that have achieved reductions in under-five mortality of more than 100 deaths per 1,000 live births since 1990.

UNICEF looks to scale real time monitoring systems using open source technology to 110 countries by 2021.

By Raquel Wexler and Ye Wang UNICEF aims to scale up national real-time monitoring systems in 110 countries by 2021, starting with an initiative to support 11 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and East and South Africa regions through the scale up of RapidPro. US$3 million […]

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U-Report Cote d’Ivoire Ignites a Youth Movement: 5 lessons on creating content to equitably engage girls and boys

AUTHORS: Sophie Chavanel, UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire Chief of Communications Norman Muhwezi, UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire Innovation Lead In Cote d’Ivoire, more than 50% of our population are under the age of 25. These 14 million young activists and changemakers within their community represent the generation that will lead progress towards a […]

(Left) Katy Sabrina Estime, 15, sits on a bed in a room of her home, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, with Dehana Estime, 17, in Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands, Friday 15 September 2017.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a category five hurricane that hit the Caribbean between Wednesday 6 September and Sunday 10 September, is putting the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Caribbean in danger. The extent of the devastation to Cuba and islands in the Eastern Caribbean is beginning to become clearer as rapid assessments are underway. With high winds, heavy rain and storm surges, Irma caused widespread damage to homes, schools, health centers and basic infrastructure across the region.

Needs assessments are underway across all the islands affected by Hurricane Irma. UNICEF staff are on the ground, working in close coordination with government and implementing partners, evaluating the most urgent needs for children and adolescents. As of 14 September 2017, 132 schools are potentially affected in Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos islands.

Digital volunteers deliver lifesaving information during Hurricane Irma

By James Powell, U-Report Lead Katy Sabrina Estime, 15, sits with her friend in her home which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, in Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands. UNICEF/UN0121875/Moreno Gonzalez They came in three. Hurricane’s Irma, Jose and Maria battered their way through the Caribbean and Southern Florida last […]

Social Innovators from 22 Country Offices gather in Kosovo to create UPSHIFT 2.0

Social Innovators from 22 Country Offices gather in Kosovo to create UPSHIFT 2.0

by Lisar Morina & Katherine Crisp Prishtina, Kosovo — UNICEF Kosovo and UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre, brought together stakeholders from more than 22 countries including Vietnam, Guatemala, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Georgia and Indonesia to support the development and enhancement of UPSHIFT. This 3-day workshop was an opportunity to bring together perspectives from across […]

Florianne Voisin présente les actions et les programmes d’engagement de l’UNICEF France


L’UNICEF France et U-Report France ont participé à l’événement « Être citoyen du monde » organisé par l’Agence française de développement (institution financière gouvernementale) à Paris le 13 février. « Un après-midi pour repenser le monde », c’était la ligne directrice de l’Agence française de développement (AFD) pour la rencontre […]