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December 2016 Recap: Must-Read Stories

December 2016 Recap: Must-Read Stories

Hi there UNICEFStories Readers. We’ve ended the year strong. In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during December. Click away. UNICEF Innovation Fund The Fund’s 5 Start-ups Share – “Why Open Source?” We asked UNICEF Innovation […]

Ana, 11, bathing using tap water in Lawaki village, Tailevu Province.

Can we know if water is safe in real time?

The original story was published in Medium on 05 December 2016. Written by John Feighery. View the original article here. Can we know if water is safe in real time? UNICEF and the world’s water experts take on the challenge Everyone who works in the water sector would love to have a quick […]

Class Picture - Representatives from the Fund's 5 open source tech start-ups + mentors + UNICEF team.

6 Superstar Mentors + Fund’s 5 Start-Ups Meet in Dubai to Discuss Pitfalls, Red Flags, Strengths, and Value Propositions.

UNICEF’s Innovation Fund recently announced investments in 5 open source tech start-ups, in its first set of external seed capital investments. In addition to financing, portfolio companies receive bespoke mentorship and technical assistance. Generously hosted by Her Excellency, Shamma Bint Suhail Faris al-Mazrui and the Ministry of Youth in Dubai, […]

U-Report, le premier outil numérique d’engagement citoyen des jeunes en France

U-Report, le premier outil numérique d’engagement citoyen des jeunes en France

[English translation below] En juin 2016, la France est devenue le 25e pays à rejoindre la communauté internationale de U-Report, et l’un des premiers en Europe. Innovant et intuitif, l’outil de sondages sur smartphone de l’UNICEF connaît un succès grandissant auprès des jeunes français, intéressés par les nouveaux moyens d’expression […]

On 14 March 2016, children in Malawi look on amazed in the community demonstration of  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) flying in Lilongwe. The Ministry of Health and UNICEF launched the first 10km auto programmed flight in a trial to speed up the testing and diagnosis of HIV in infants.

Malawi has a national HIV prevalence rate of 10% - still one of the highest in the world. An estimated 1 million Malawians were living with HIV in 2013 and 48,000 died from HIV-related illnesses in the same year. Whilst progress has been made, and today 90% of pregnant women know their HIV status, there is still a drop off with testing and treating babies and children. In 2014, around 10,000 children in Malawi died from HIV-related diseases and less than half of all children were on treatment.    Samples are currently transported by road, either by motorbike or local authority ambulances. Various factors including the high cost of diesel fuel, poor state of roads and limited distribution schedules have resulted in extreme delays in lab sample transport, constituting a significant impediment for the scaling up of paediatric ART’s effectiveness.   

In March 2016,  the Government of Malawi and UNICEF have started testing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) to explore cost effective ways of reducing waiting times for HIV testing of infants. The test, which is using simulated samples, will have the potential to cut waiting times dramatically, and if successful will be integrated into the health system alongside others mechanisms such as road transport and SMS.  The first successful test flight completed the 10km route unhindered travelling from a community health centre to the Kamuzu Central Hospital laboratory.  Local residents gathered in amazement as the vehicle took off and flew away in the direction of the hospital. The test flights which are assessing viability including cost and safety, will continue until Friday 18th March.  The UAV flights are suppo

U.N., Malawi to explore use of drones to deliver faster aid in crises

The original story was published in Reuters on 15 December 2016. Written by Emma Batha. View the original article here. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The U.N. children’s agency and Malawi’s government are teaming up to test whether drones could make aid delivery faster and more effective during humanitarian disasters, such as […]