Product Innovation

Can a rural handpump tell you it’s not well?

Can a rural handpump tell you it’s not well?

By Heloise Greeff. Helose is a doctoral researcher at Oxford University’s Computational Health Informatics Lab where they have been working together with UNICEF on an innovative WASH project, Smart Handpumps, which focuses on using low-cost sensor and mobile technology to predict the potential failure of water pumps, ensuring a consistent water […]

Measuring success in WASH: the tea indicator

Measuring success in WASH: the tea indicator

By Eva Kaplan, Innovation Specialist, UNICEF Jordan When you think of UNICEF, you probably don’t think of water networks and wastewater treatment plants. But in emergency settings—like the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan—there are often large populations located in places with no water and waste infrastructure, and ensuring that people have […]

Rethinking The Packaging Of Amoxicillin- Worldwide

Rethinking The Packaging Of Amoxicillin- Worldwide

Pneumonia is the leading cause of under-five child mortality globally, accounting for an estimated 1.1 million child deaths each year (WHO, 2013). UNICEF’s innovation project sought to investigate how Amoxicillin could be packaged to match the recommended course of treatment and thus, simplify the administration of the antibiotics to children. […]

Battling Diarrhoea: Repackaging ORS & Zinc

Battling Diarrhoea: Repackaging ORS & Zinc

After pneumonia, diarrhoea is the second biggest cause of deaths of children under five years old, responsible for 15 per cent of child deaths in low income countries in 2008 (World Health Organization, 2012). Diarrhoea accounts for nearly 760,000 deaths per year and only one third of children with diarrheal diseases […]

Women use a mobile phone, on Île de Fitiné, an island and fishing village in Lake Chad, Lac Region. Lake Chad – once one of Africa’s largest freshwater lakes – has shrunk by some 95 per cent since 1960. Consequently, many fishing communities find it difficult to maintain their traditional way of life. The shrinkage is also linked to water shortages, food scarcity and malnutrition.

In April 2011 in Chad, malnutrition – a preventable condition – remains one of the greatest threats to children’s right to survival and development. One out of every five of Chad’s children dies before her/his fifth birthday. More than 100,000 of the country’s children aged 0–5 are malnourished, and 1 out of every 10,000 dies each day. Though chronic food insecurity is the main underlying cause of malnutrition, widespread poverty, rising food prices, desertification and climate change all play a part in this silent emergency. UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Health and other partners to improve community-based interventions structured around 205 nutrition centres throughout Chad’s Sahel belt. Between January and October 2011, these centres treated approximately 56,000 under-five children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The effects of chronic malnutrition have only been exacerbated by conflict – both internal and external – that has left hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons as well as refugees from Sudan and the Central African Republic dependent upon aid for survival. In addition to nutrition, UNICEF is also supporting programmes in other vital sectors, including education, health care, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and child protection, for both Chadian and refugee communities. UNICEF is requesting US$46.4 million to continue ongoing assistance for the country’s most vulnerable in 2012.

Q&A with participants at the Global Innovations for Children and Youth Summit in Helsinki

By Pilar Lagos and Kate Pawelczyk #uinnovate UNICEF kicked off the first Global Innovations for Children and Youth Summit, co-organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. An incredible mash-up of speakers and game-changers convened in Helsinki to unlock the way new technologies can drive change for the world’s […]

Jessica Tribbe, a UNICEF Uganda Innovation Lab team member, projects a text book with the Mobistation, a portable technology platform which can be powered by solar, generator, or grid power. Seeta CU school, Mukono district, Uganda. 14-02-2014   PHOTO/ Michele Sibiloni.

6 UNICEF Innovations: From strengthening health systems in real-time to empowering youth to speak up

By UNICEF Innovation #uinnovate For us, innovation at UNICEF means doing something different that adds value. This also means that we need to be agile so we can  adapt to the evolving challenges affecting all children. At UNICEF, we use innovation to create solutions that strengthen our work in child […]