UNICEF South Asia is Saving Children Lives through Innovations
New Delhi, 29 October 2013 – UNICEF South Asia is using innovation to save children lives across South Asia. Innovations involve the use of new technology, and often involve the application of new ideas, which the organization is piloting on a small version, and then scale them up exponentially with government and partners.
"If we want to reach every child, everywhere, then we need to do things differently, and using innovation as a means to do things differently indeed,' Karin Hulshof, the UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, said. "I'm not only thinking about the electronic and the digital era, I'm also talking about simple things we can do differently."
In South Asia alone there are eight UNICEF country offices where the organization sees dynamic staff members pushing the limits of how they can do their jobs better, more efficiently to help achieve results for children. South Asian recent success stories include:
UNICEF has piloted a series of interlinked interventions in two districts with high maternal and infant mortality rates. It is ensuring that women give birth under medical supervision and getting the care they need. Five years on, the impact has been so dramatic that these districts have recorded the lowest maternal mortality rates in the entire state. UNICEF is working with the authorities to replicate these interventions elsewhere, and other Indian states have already come to Madhya Pradesh to copy and adapt this approach in order to save children lives in their own states.
Storing safe drinking water in Bangladesh
For half the year - during the monsoon - the people of coastal Bangladesh have too much water. But for the rest of the year it is hard for them to find anything safe to drink. The rivers and ground water are heavily saline, and there is no rain water to collect. Working with scientists from the Netherlands and Bangladesh itself, UNICEF has now come up with an ingenious solution to this problem. By pumping rain water into the aquifers underground during the monsoon, a large supply can be safely stored until the dry season, when it can simply be pumped out again. Since 2010, 20 test sites have been established, and in September 2013 the Bangladesh government agreed to extend the project to 100 locations in total.
The school-led sanitation campaign in Nepal
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