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UNICEF Innovation

Product Innovation


Supplies are essential in fulfilling children’s rights. In 2018, UNICEF, together with its partners, worked tirelessly to ensure that vital supplies reached children caught up in conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics, poverty and lack of access to healthcare, clean water, basic rights and education. Approximately $3.486 billion worth of supplies and services for children from over 11,000 businesses were procured by UNICEF in 2018.

The UNICEF Supply Division based in Copenhagen, Denmark does not perform internal product development projects but focuses on external product innovation to drive development of fit-for-purpose and value-for-money supplies, which have a positive impact on UNICEF’s programmes and emergency response. UNICEF therefore relies on and supports close interaction with developers in relevant industries.

Product Innovation Projects (PIPs) are initiated when a product to address an unmet product need within programmes or emergencies is required, or where the product does not exist in a procurable form on the market either because they are not developed or because the product has not been field trialed for our application.


ARIDA (Acute Respiratory Infection Diagnostic Aid) against Pneumonia


Emergency Structures 

Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death among children under five. UNICEF's innovation work in this area aims to identify ways to make the diagnosis of pneumonia more reliable, especially in resource-poor settings.


Structures currently used for programmatic and operational responses in emergency situations are not meeting users’ requirements. This project is looking for a suitable emergency structure which meets UNICEF needs.




Zika Virus (ZIKV) Diagnostics 


Zika Virus (ZIKV) Vaccine

UNICEF is working together with WHO and PAHO to convene industry and partners to develop and make commercially available point of care diagnostics for Zika virus syndrome (ZIKV).


UNICEF is working with WHO and PAHO to mobilize industry and partners to support the development of vaccines to protect against Zika virus infection.




Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) in Emergency Settings


Amoxicillin Adherence Aids 

Ensuring safe drinking water is an essential first response in any emergency situation. UNICEF is looking to develop an appropriate household water treatment product that is suitable for emergency response situations.


UNICEF is working with partners to develop a Job Aid and Product Presentation to support correct utilization and adherence to the Amoxicillin dosing regimen for treatment of pneumonia.





Non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG)

Accessible Latrine Slab for Emergencies

UNICEF is analyzing the comparative value of NASG with other emerging post-partum hemorrhage (PPH) interventions, and identifying ways in which UNICEF and other actors can reduce the barriers to scale and accelerate access to these life-saving innovations.


The typical latrine slab is not accessible for the disabled. UNICEF is exploring an add-on, modular component that will fit on latrines and thereby provide access to children with disabilities and elderly people.




Height Length Measurement Device


School Furniture Design & Procurement Guidelines

UNICEF is seeking solutions for portable and accurate height/length measurement devices as the current device used to measure height and length of infants, children and adults does not yield accurate results.


Functional furniture essentially contributes to the comfort of students and facilitates learning. UNICEF is developing new, innovative furniture designs suitable for local environments and a procurement guideline facilitating a management approach.




Rapid E. coli Detection 


Smart Pumps

UNICEF is challenging product developers to identify an easy-to-use detection method that can accurately determine faecal contamination in drinking water in 30 minutes or less.


UNICEF is exploring the development of remote sensors and mobile technology to monitor use and functionality of pumps in order to predict pump failure before it happens.




ViVa (Visibility for Vaccines online) 


Oxygen Therapy

By linking data, UNICEF can identify risks of stock out and overstocking of vaccines well into the future. Through sharing this information with key stakeholders and decision makers timely. 


Oxygen is a life-saving therapeutic medical gas which can improve clinical outcomes for children suffering from respiratory diseases. UNICEF is working to support access to and utilization of life-saving oxygen system products in low-resource settings.




Vaccine MicroArray Patches (VMAPs)



VMAPs can increase vaccine coverage by increasing acceptability by caregivers and recipients; administering vaccines more rapidly and easily with minimally trained health care workers (potential for alternative delivery scenarios and broader coverage); improving the safety profile for administration (no reconstitution errors, no needle stick incidents); reducing the need for a cold chain and enable easier storage and transport (enhanced thermostability; low weight, low volume); and removing needle waste.









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