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UNICEF Innovation

Product Innovation

In 2015, UNICEF procured approximately $3.428 billion worth of supplies and services for children in more than 190 countries. Some 86 per cent of UNICEF’s procurement is done in partnership with other UN organizations, NGOs, and governments, which is critical for leveraging broad demand for essential products for children. The UNICEF Supply Division Innovation Unit (SDIU) based in Copenhagen, Denmark do 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. SDIU therefore rely on and support close interaction with developers in relevant industries.

Product Innovation Projects (PIPs) are initiated when a product to address an unmet product need within programs or emergencies is required, but 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. 

Active Project

ARIDA (Acute Respiratory Infection Diagnostic Aid) against Pneumonia

Emergency Structures 

UNICEF's innovation work in this area aims to identify ways to make the diagnosis of pneumonia more reliable, especially in resource-poor settings.

Over the years, UNICEF has received feedback from Country Offices calling for emergency structures that can serve a variety of purposes. This project is therefore 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).


We are working with WHO and PAHO to mobilize industry and partners, to support the development of vaccines to protect against Zika virus infection. A Target Product Profile was developed with WHO and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) which was issued July, 2016.  

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

Jerry Can (Collapsible Water Container)

Ensuring safe drinking water is an essential first response in any emergency situation. One project currently being investigated is a GDM filter as an appropriate household water treatment product that is suitable for emergency response situations.

This project seeks to develop a new collapsible water container to improve the way people collect and store water, ultimately providing better access to safe drinking water supplies and reducing water related diseases during emergency situations. 


Latrine Additives Evaluation 

Accessible Latrine Slab for Emergencies

There has been an interest in developing latrine additive that could be used to compact and/or assist decomposition of faecal sludge while it is still in the pit latrine to reduce latrine emptying frequency. In addition, there is a need for smell reduction and fly control. 

 The typical latrine slab is not accessible for the disabled. The Latrine Slab project is exploring an add-on, modular component that will fit on latrines and thereby provide access to children with disabilities as well as for elderly people, in order to reduce their vulnerability and marginalization. 

Height Length Measurement Device

Primary School Furniture Design Procurement Guidelines


UNICEF is seeking solutions for portable and accurate height/length measurement devices as feedback from the field and recent reviews of household survey data quality have shown that the current device used to measure height and length of infants, children and adults do not yield accurate results

Functional furniture essentially contributes to the comfort of students and facilitates learning. This project focuses on 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 software/algorithms for smart pump sensors, in order to predict pump failure before it happens.


ViVa (Visibility for Vaccines online)



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.





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