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Sompong (Kompong Speu). 30/04/2003: Child assessment, part of UNICEF "Seth Koma" (Child's Rights) program. All children under 5 are registered and weighed, while at the same time, health education and immunisation is provided.

Harnessing mobile technology to improve birth registration systems in Cambodia

The original story was published in UNICEF Connect East Asia & Pacific on 27 February 2017. Written by Simon Nazer. View the original article here. Interactive Voice Response (IVR) is being used in Cambodia to help ensure fewer children miss out on being registered at birth. Around 25% of all children under 5 years […]

Flood-displaced families sit outside classrooms in a school-turned  refuge camp, after they fled their village from rising floodwaters, on 10 September, 2011, in Badin, Pakistan. More than 17% of children in the flood areas are severely acutely malnourished and 67% of livestock has been destroyed after torrential monsoon rains, reminiscent of the 2010 floods that devastated Pakistan, have reportedly already killed over 200 people, left 300,000 homeless and affected over 7 million. Children are the most vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera in the flood areas due to the loss of clean water and sanitation services. UNICEF has already begun providing humanitarian supplies and is bringing in more over the next days and weeks as the UN and Pakistani government launched the Rapid Response Plan calling for US$356.7 million to address the needs of flood-affected families for the next six months. (UNICEF/2011/Warrick Page)

By 18 September 2011, over 5.4 million people, including 2.7 million children, had been affected by monsoon rains and flooding. In Sindh Province, 665,821 houses have been damaged or destroyed. In addition, 824,000 people have been displaced and 248 killed. Affected areas in Balochistan Province have yet to be fully assessed. Many government schools have been turned into temporary shelters, and countless water sources have been contaminated. Over 70 per cent of standing crops and nearly 14,000 livestock have been destroyed in affected areas, where 80 per cent of the population relies on agriculture for food and income. Affected communities are also threatened by measles, acute watery diarrhoea, hepatitis and other communicable diseases. The crisis comes one year after the country’s 2010 monsoon-related flooding disaster, which covered up to one fifth of the country in flood water and affected more than 18 million people, half of them children. Families are still recovering from the earlier emergency, which aggravated levels of chronic m

Establishing a Baseline of school safety practices using RapidPro real-time SMS technology in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

By Elliot McBride Innovation Specialist, UNICEF Pakistan Floods, terror attacks, earthquakes, and medical emergencies are the most common types of disasters identified by UNICEF Pakistan’s Disaster Risk Reduction unit for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan. These disasters pose a threat to the safety of many schools and school children within KP. To […]

Job Opportunity: Research Expert – Computational Optimization

Job Opportunity: Research Expert – Computational Optimization

View the complete Terms of Reference and deliverables here. To begin job application click here. Title: Research Expert – Computational Optimization Location: Office of Global Innovation Work Type: Consultancy Duration: 42 days; anticipated start date: 15 March 2017 Duty Station: NY If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate […]

Know your (immune) status – Biological Sensors

Know your (immune) status – Biological Sensors

The original story was published in Science Today on 14 November 2016. Written by Tamika Fellows. View the original article here. UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre (GIC) has partnered with Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre to support the research of biological sensors. This study explores the potential of biological sensors to […]

Job Opportunity: U-Report Campaign Manager

Job Opportunity: U-Report Campaign Manager

View the complete Terms of Reference and deliverables here. To begin job application click here. Role: U-Report Campaign Manager Location: Office of Global Innovation Work Type: Consultancy Duration: 6 months Duty Station: Remote Level: Individual contract (equivalent to L-3) If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about […]

Job Opportunity: Communication Lead

Job Opportunity: Communication Lead

View the complete Terms of Reference and deliverables here. To begin job application click here. Role: Communication Lead Location: Office of Global Innovation Work Type: Consultancy Duty Station: NYHQ If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s […]

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Tanya Bhandari

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Tanya Bhandari

Tanya Bhandari, Senior Designer, Office of Innovation, UNICEF Tell us a bit about your background. When I was growing up, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Not in the ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’ but in a genuine – “I will study for this” kind […]

New open source app helps protect children displaced by conflict

New open source app helps protect children displaced by conflict

A life–saving service for vulnerable children caught up in crises is now available to government, aid agencies and social service workers through an open source app developed by UNICEF and its partners. The app known as Primero, facilitates the secure collection, storage and sharing of data to improve child protection, […]

January 2017 Recap: Must-Read Stories

January 2017 Recap: Must-Read Stories

Hi there UNICEFStories Readers. Happy 2017. In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during January. Click away. Celebrating 70 Years of Innovation at UNICEF through Design 4 designers, multiple skype calls, caffeine overloads, and different time […]