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The Brave New World of Wearables and NGOs

The Brave New World of Wearables and NGOs

Original article published on 1 October, 2015 on The Wearables for Good blog. Written by Mike Weston, CEO of data science consultancy Profusion, discusses how wearables can be used by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities. To read the original article, click here.  A few months ago Profusion undertook an experiment to […]

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The Ethics of Innovation and Devices for Good

Original article posted on Huffington Post Impact on 24 August 2015. To read the original article click here. UNICEF/Jallanzo WRITTEN BY: Blair Palmer, UNICEF Innovation Lab Lead: San Francisco Sibi Lawson-Marriot, UNICEF Humanitarian Policy Specialist What if your design for good is really doing harm? As part of a blog series surrounding […]

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Deadline Extended for the Wearables for Good Challenge!

Great news! Due to a surge of late registrations UNICEF, ARM, and frog have extended the Wearables for Good Challenge  to Tuesday, August 11. The Wearables for Good challenge seeks to develop innovative, affordable solutions to make wearables and sensor technology a game-changer for women and children. Anybody with ideas can submit, including students, entrepreneurs, members of the maker […]

Raya Achirou plays with her 8-month-old daughter, Nana Fassouma, at the UNICEF-supported Bilmari Health Centre, in the town of Mirriah, Mirriah Department, Zinder Region. Nana is suffering from malnutrition and being treated at the centre with ready-to-use therapeutic food. [#2 IN SEQUENCE OF TWO]

In March 2012 in Niger, under-five mortality rates remain among the highest in the world, the result of preventable or treatable conditions, including malnutrition. The country is one of eight in the Sahel region ñ also including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and the northern parts of Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal ñ facing a nutrition crisis that now affects over 10 million people. Unless reached with appropriate treatment and prevention programmes, more than 1 million under-five children are at risk of dying from nutrition-related illnesses. The current crisis is the result of repeated drought-related food shortages, from which people have insufficient time to recover before being again affected. In turn, these shocks are exacerbated by chronic stunting, high rates of poverty and illiteracy and inadequate social infrastructure, including for basic child and maternal care. In Niger, over 331,000 under-five children are at risk of becoming severely malnourished, while cases of moderate acute malnutrition are expected to exceed 689,000. Over 5.4 million people ñ some 35 per cent of the countryís population ñ remain food insecure. Stunting prevalence is above 50 per cent; over 62 per cent of the population lives in poverty, and the adult literacy rate is a low 20 per cent ñ only 12.3 per cent for women. UNICEF requires US$120 million to fund its Sahel emergency response in 2012, of which only 32 per cent has been received to date. The European Union (EU) is one of the largest international donors to UNICEF nutrition programmes in the Sahel and in other regions. In Niger, working with the Government and other partners, UNICEF is currently assisting over 37,000 un

Can you design a wearable or sensor tech that saves lives? Enter now

To enter the challenge, visit: http://wearablesforgood.com/ Call for Submissions: ‘Wearables for Good’ Design Challenge from UNICEF, ARM and frog [Deadline: 4 August 2015] UNICEF, ARM and frog have a question: could you create the wearable and sensor technology that could save people’s lives in resource constraint environments? We are calling all […]