Product 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 […]

Colour-coded Labels Improve UNICEF’s Supply Response

Colour-coded Labels Improve UNICEF’s Supply Response

UNICEF has supplied tents, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, medical kits, plastic buckets, school-in-a-box, health kits, and Early Childhood Development kits to affected populations in the 14 districts most affected by the two Nepal Earthquakes which occurred on 25 April and 12 May 2016. UNICEF has distributed over 500 metric tons of […]

Centre community health worker Haimanot Hailu discusses health and nutrition issues with Teshome Negussie and his wife Kokeb, at a village health post in the sub-district of Romey Kebele in North Shoa Zone, in Amhara Region. Kokeb is holding their two-month-old son, Moges, who was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and is being treated with antibiotics – part of services now provided by the government’s national Health Extension Programme.

Designing Field Trial Protocols in Ethiopia for Pneumonia Diagnostic Devices

By Jonathan Howard Brand & Cindy McWhorter The management of pneumonia within the community has important benefits. It not only reduces the burden on health facilities but ensures early identification, classification, diagnosis and treatment of children where they need it the most: close to home.  Both Integrated Management of Childhood Illness […]

Community health volunteer Mariam Diarra uses a device to time the breathing of eight-month-old Gimbala Keita, who suffers from pneumonia, during a home visit in the village of Kabe, Mali on Monday August 30, 2010.

All aboard: A mission to Addis Ababa to align stakeholders in the process of improving a diagnostic aid for pneumonia

By: Jonathan Howard Brand With the challenges children face evolving at a faster rate, UNICEF continues to use innovation to improve UNICEF programmes, integrate technologies and develop effective life-saving tools and products.  The biggest challenges that face the world are not solved by one organization or one group of people […]

Clean water test.
Schoolgirl doing a strip test to check water quality - this requires multiple, complicated steps.

Innovations for water quality monitoring

Everyone has the right to safe and affordable water for personal and domestic use. However, there are still over 1.8 billion people globally who are exposed to unsafe drinking water sources. Drinking contaminated water with faecal bacteria can lead to preventable deaths. In response to this situation, world leaders adopted […]

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How technology is reaching children who need it the most in Malawi

In 2016, many people living with HIV do not know their status. Innovative HIV prevention efforts, like early infant diagnosis, are helping to save children’s lives. Every day, about eight women living with HIV and their babies travel long distances to the Ntaja Health Centre, in Malawi’s Machinga District, for […]


USAID mHealth compendium features mHealth that scales

Produced by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and published on May 2016, the full publication can be viewed in the mHealth Compendium Special Edition 2016: Reaching Scale. To read the full publication, click here. Due to the rapid growth in access to mobile phones and networks, opportunities […]

Young Makers in Vietnam work to change the lives of Children with Disabilities

Young Makers in Vietnam work to change the lives of Children with Disabilities

  From June 3rd to 5th 2016, 7 teams consisting of  over 70 young people including designers, engineers, artisans, medical professionals and children with disabilities gathered on the campus of the Vietnam-German University (VGU) in Binh Duong, Vietnam to contribute to a better world. For 72 hours these youth participated […]