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In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during May. Click away.

When Help Is Delivered From the Sky

More aid and service organizations are harnessing the opportunities that remote-controlled aircrafts can bring. Take for example, the Malawi drone testing corridor established by UNICEF and the Government of Malawi which aims to examine the feasibility of how drones can be used on a range of assignments — tracking people fleeing disasters, for instance, or bringing cell phone networks to remote areas. Find out more here.

Meeting Belafonte, a self-taught mHealth troubleshooter

Developing innovative and sustainable solutions within communities require more than just integrating technology. It’s also about having people who are resourceful, creative, and adaptive to change – Belafonte Jaime who coordinates the activities of 19 community health workers in Metuge District Health Department showcases – just that. Find out how he’s been coined a self-taught mHealth troubleshooter here.

Janani Express – A look into the referral transport system in India

UNICEF’s Tanya Bhandari explores a referral system that has helped reduced maternal mortality rate in Madhya Pradesh. From 2013 to 2016, this system has allowed the successful transport of over 4 million women and children to health institutions in the state of Madhya Pradesh alone. Read her reflections here.

#MenstruationMatters … to all of us

May 28th is Menstrual Hygiene Day and for the past four years, the day has been set aside to raise awareness of challenges women and girls across the world face with managing their periods. This year, the focus is on education – at schools and within communities. To better understand the issues that children face, UNICEF sent through a poll via U-Report to almost almost 45,000 young girls and women aged 13-25 from 19 countries. Learn about the results here.

So you want to be a YouTube star and change the world?

Every day, people all around the world watch around 1 billion hours’ worth of videos on YouTube. That’s a lot of views! Imagine being able to capture even a fraction of that billion hours watched each day – imagine the impact this could have on our work for children! Katarzyna Pawelczyk shares some pointers on how to generate effective content for YouTube here.

Digital futures in Za’atari

UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children report team recently visited the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Their visit has enabled them to see several UNICEF initiatives like the Social Innovation Lab and witness how refugees in Za’atari value the integration of digital technologies to their lives.  Read the team’s reflections here.

Mobile Health Pilot Boosting Immunization in Urban Java

“Given the high degree of mobile penetration in Indonesia, where there are more SIM cards than people, the time is ripe to explore the potential of mobile health” shares UNICEF Child Survival and Development Chief Paul Pronyk. UNICEF Indonesia launched an initiative that leverages Indonesia’s high levels of mobile connectivity and the digital platform RapidPro to introduce a number of key interventions and help improve existing health services like immunizations. Find out more here.

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