11-12-2013 | MIT News
Separating the good from the bad in bacteria
Determining whether a bacterium is harmful typically requires growing cultures from samples of saliva or blood — a time-intensive laboratory procedure. Now MIT researchers have developed a new microfluidic device that could speed the monitoring of bacterial infections associated with cystic fibrosis and other diseases.
10-12-2013 | UNICEF Stories
Innovations in emergencies reporting from the Philippines– First 6 days
UNICEF organized a team to deploy RapidFTR (Family Tracing and Reunification system) as part of the Child Protection programme’s efforts to speed up the process of identifying children separated from their primary caregivers and reuniting them with their families. The team arrived two weeks ago and reports here on the progress.
Watch The Debate: Development, digital innovation and children
The impact of Information and Communication Technologies on social and economic development is an intriguing subject for research. Although the potential is proved to be great, many questions remain unanswered, especially on how technology can improve children's lives.
09-12-2013 | The Guardian
Charities do not need innovation teams to be innovative
Innovation direction, Lucy Gower, explains how Innovation in a charity is not about the people but about the process of innovation.
06-12-2013 | The Guardian
Crowd-sourcing development innovation
Developing innovation initiatives to solv eworld problems, such as mother-to-baby HIV transmission has its challenges. Such challenges, as seen with examples from USAid have been succesfully addressed by involving a number of minds from a range of disciplines.
Development, Digital Innovation and Children
The impact of Information and Communication Technologies on social and economic development is an intriguing subject for research. Although the potential is proved to be great, many questions remain unanswered, especially on how technology can improve children's lives. This Debate digs with a critical eye into technological revolution and offers a perspective on the connection between structural and social issues and the uneven distribution of communication technologies.
06-12-2013 | Mashable
10 Innovations That Improved the World in 2013
Never before in history have new innovations unfolded so quickly, and that pace will only keep accelerating.But we're not just talking about long-lasting cellphone batteries and self-driving cars. Brilliant minds around the world are using today's latest technologies to make the world a better place.These 10 innovations from 2013 were not only great technological feats, but they also have the potential to improve millions of lives.
05-12-2013 | allAfrica
Uganda: Innovations That Could Save Millions of Mothers and Children's Lives
With less than 500 days to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline, Uganda is currently focusing on innovation and scaling up many of its interventions, especially health, to achieve at least two thirds of the expectations.
04-12-2013 | UNICEF
Small LED device piloted to empower women and power rural communities in Burundi
A little LED device called Nuru is being piloted to power homes and empower women, in Burundi.
UNICEF and Chinese company to support Ugandan education
The Beijing Honghe Technology Group and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched the 'UNICEF—Honghe Innovation Research Collaboration' in Beijing on November 25, 2013, according to which Honghe Technology will provide Mobi-Stations to support children's education in Uganda over the next six months.
Pictures of new kit labels in the Philippines posted on Twitter by UNICEF colleague (@unijcm)
The current kit label innovation project is being tested in the Philippines. You can read more about the project here: http://www.unicefinnovation.org/projects/emergency-kit-labelling
02-12-2013 | GMA News
UNICEF's rapid tracing system aims to reunite families in Yolanda-hit areas
New technology developed by UNICEF is being used to reunite children separated from their families during Super Typhoon Yolanda's onslaught in Tacloban City. The rapid family tracing system is a pilot product which became available in 2010. It is used for “family tracing and reunification of unaccompanied and separated children in emergencies.”
29-11-2013 | UNICEF Stories
Students design innovative solutions to improve classrooms
In September we invited the public to a workshop on learning environments at Zagreb University in Croatia. The following story tells how Croatian architecture and design students participated in the workshop and came up with new ideas about how to improve classrooms in schools in their home country.
29-11-2013 | Business Green
M&S signs up to UNICEF clean stove carbon offset scheme
Marks and Spencer becomes the first major company to back scheme designed to cut emissions while protecting children's health
29-11-2013 | The Huffington Post
Developing Countries Are Finding Innovative Solutions to Their Health Challenges
Malawi might not spring to mind as a hot-bed of healthcare innovation. Neither might Bangladesh or Colombia. But that view is changing. All over developing countries, determined people are finding brilliant and creative solutions for long-standing problems.
27-11-2013 | The Guardian
UNICEF Uganda's U-report: giving young people a voice
An innovative mobile-based application is enabling Uganda's young people to offer up their views on everything from economic empowerment to immunisation. The biggest impact thus far is that decision makers and important people in general have begun to listen, take notice and, where possible, act.
25-11-2013 | Leadership
Why Pneumonia Still Accounts For High Child Mortality
Though preventable, pneumonia continues to account for high number of child deaths in the country. Winifred Ogbebo takes a look at the issues involved. We welcome you to take a look at some of our current innovation projects that seek to find solutions to reduce child deaths due to pneumonia:http://www.unicefinnovation.org/projects/strengthening-pneumonia-diagnostic-tools-low-resource-settings
22-11-2013 | allAfrica
Africa: Unicef's RapidSMS Transforms Lives
Four years later, RapidSMS is touching the lives of millions in many African countries, helping to record births and monitor distribution of mosquito nets in Nigeria, monitor neonatal health in Zambia and track food distribution in the Horn of Africa, among other uses.
Focus on Gender: Innovators should consider local customs
A leader of the UN Development Programme's innovation team recently said that the development community needs to move towards user-led innovations and move away from top-down innovations unless they are designed with a thorough understanding of the beliefs and customs of their users.
19-11-2013 | UNICEF Ethiopia
Preterm babies may be saved with simple inexpensive measures
Preterm birth is a global problem affecting families across the world. More than 60% of preterm births occur in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. UNICEF Ethiopia together with its partners are supporting a series of intervention strategies to improve the care of the preterm babies.
Technology, innovation crucial to advancing sustainable development, Ban says in Estonia
During his visit to Estonia on Saturday, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon underscored the vital role of technology and innovation in finding solutions to some of today's most pressing challenges such as advancing the global sustainable development agenda.
15-11-2013 | Nigerian Tribune
Innovation is key to ensuring more girls in school and learning
To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th, UNICEF highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.
14-11-2013 | The Indian Express
Invest in girls' education to break cycle of poverty: UNICEF
Investing in education of girls, especially the most marginalised, is required to make progress on most social indicators in India.To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF on Friday organised a meeting with top Urdu editors in the capital. The focus of the meeting was on the crucial role that media can play to create a sustained discourse and highlight innovations that get more girls to school, keep them in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.
13-11-2013 | New Vision - Uganda's Leading Daily
UNICEF and World Bank sign innovation pact for Uganda’s development
The World Bank and UNICEF in Uganda have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on utilizing innovations to enhance Uganda’s development. The partnership will ensure that innovations developed by UNICEF to improve the protection of children’s rights are used to support the World Bank’s interventions to improve accountability across several sectors, including health, education and agriculture.
12-11-2013 | UNICEF
How UNICEF Supply is tackling the problem of pneumonia
The biggest killer of children under 5 is pneumonia, which claimed the lives of over 3,000 children every day in 2012. As with the other big killers of children, UNICEF puts extra focus on making available, at the right quality, at the right place, at the right time, those commodities which will most effectively reduce the numbers of pneumonia deaths. UNICEF Supply tackles the problem of pneumonia on three fronts: prevention, diagnosis and treatment.