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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 […]

How Developing Nations Are Utilizing Wearable Tech

How Developing Nations Are Utilizing Wearable Tech

To check out the video visit: http://bloom.bg/1HR0Txz UNICEF’S Erica Kochi discusses the utilization of wearable tech in developing countries and how we need to rethink what wearables are currently. “When wearables start to touch people’s lives, for example could we track a mother’s health through her pregnancy or track nutrition […]

UNICEF Wants Wearables for Those Who Actually Need Them

UNICEF Wants Wearables for Those Who Actually Need Them

Originally published on 3 June 2015, on PSFK written by Leo Lutero.  The Wearables For Good Challenge hopes to open the floodgates for cost-effective, low-power, durable and scalable wearable tech   The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is keen on starting a revolution in the wearable tech field to help […]

ARM and UNICEF aim to transform people’s lives

ARM and UNICEF aim to transform people’s lives

Originally published on ElectronicsWeekly.com on 19 May 2015. To read original article, click here. UNICEF and ARM have announced a multi-year, multi-million pound partnership to accelerate the development of new technologies to overcome the barriers that prevent millions of families from accessing basic health, education and support services. “We’ll be […]

The Next Billion: Quartz’s forum on the mobile world

The Next Billion: Quartz’s forum on the mobile world

On May 19 2015, Quartz hosted The Next Billion forum about the next billion people to come online for the first time, largely on mobile phones. At the event, UNICEF’s Blair Palmer announced that UNICEF and ARM partnered with frog to launch the ‘Wearables for Good’ design challenge. For more details about […]