COPENHAGEN, 23 August 2012 – With a view to merging inspiration with technical expertise, UNICEF announced today the launch of its Innovate for Children website.
The site draws attention to health and education challenges faced by children in developing countries – and the potential for innovative product design and inventive use of technology to find solutions.
“Innovation and the partnerships around innovation have always been part of UNICEF’s DNA,” said Shanelle Hall, Director of UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen. “The Innovate for Children website is premised on the idea that we can and must do more. It is one way UNICEF is reaching out to expert individuals, industry, and design and research institutions to get involved.”
“For child survival and development, innovation is critical. Children's lives are being saved thanks to new vaccines, better formulations in paediatric medicines, and more effective health technology, such as longer lasting bed nets,” said Paul Molinaro, who heads UNICEF’s innovation team.
“Newly developed, open-source mobile phone technology is allowing health workers to shorten critical waiting times for patients’ test results and reduce the risk of stock-outs of essential supplies in remote clinics.” said Paul Molinaro, who heads UNICEF’s innovation team.
UNICEF collaborations around innovation featured on the website include:
The website welcomes comments and ideas, and invites online submissions on projects designed to accelerate reduction of child mortality. UNICEF’s methodology in innovation work emphasises the importance of understanding the needs of users and the geographic, social and economic barriers that limit access to life-saving supplies and services.
Innovate for Children also strongly focuses on research and development that maximises opportunities for good ideas to be generated, shared and acted upon. It features UNICEF stories that highlight the work of UNICEF staff in a number of initiatives in technological and product innovation.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
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Joan Howe, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Supply Division,
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