25 June 2021

Health Emergency Facility

The challenge, In recent years, multiple crises have quickly overwhelmed health care systems, leaving them unable to cope with the sudden surges in patients, let alone provide essential health services. In countries where health systems are already fragile, the rapid escalation of an infectious disease outbreak disproportionately increases the vulnerability of…, The response ​, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), with support from the  Téchne Network  are developing a family-friendly Health Emergency Facility (HEF) which can be rapidly deployed and equipped in the event of future disease outbreaks. Using guidelines and a digital planning tool, emergency programme staff will be…, Digital decision tool, for inter-agency procurement planning and coordination, including pre-designed layouts and products lists that emergency staff can selected based on the needs for each location. Products icon, Products, equipment and structures, needed for establishing and operating HEFs, including new and innovative products to support the response. family friendly icon, Layouts with guidance, for setting up family-friendly surge facilities that ensure safe case management.   The development of a rapidly deployable HEF began in 2020. In 2022, UNICEF, alongside WHO and Médecins Sans Frontières, integrated the HEF into the Ebola response during Uganda’s worst outbreak in two decades.          "The 2022 Ebola outbreak provided an…, The impact​, With epidemics occurring more often and spreading faster and further than ever, having rapidly deployable health emergency facilities available will help prevent small disease outbreaks from becoming global pandemics, potentially saving millions of lives. This initiative will help prevent existing heath systems from being overwhelmed by the vast…, Resources, Stories and media coverage
23 October 2018


The delivery of life-saving materials in both humanitarian and development contexts can face a range of challenges. For health workers in remote areas and regions with complex geography, transportation challenges can disrupt the provision of quality care to children and pose constraints to early diagnosis. Transport efficiencies are also essential…, Stories from the field, What can drone technology mean for UNICEF's impact?, TRANSPORT EFFICIENCY | Drones can be a part of the solution to reduce transportation time and ensure that children who require treatment can receive it early. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT | On-board digital monitoring systems can help track inventory, control temperature and other essential parameters of temperature sensitive cargo and offer reliable…, Malawi Drone Testing Corridor, In June 2017, the Government of Malawi and UNICEF launched an air corridor to test the potential humanitarian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones.  The test corridor is the world largest test area with over 5000 square km – and allowing operations up to 400 m above ground level – which is specifically dedicated to the…, Drone-based Vaccine Deliveries in Vanuatu  , The Republic of Vanuatu is a Y-shaped archipelago consisting of 83 relatively small islands of volcanic origin that run 1600 kilometers north to south. Many islands and villages are accessible only by boat, and the roads on the major islands only connect the most important towns and villages. Roads are in bad condition, and they are flooded or…, Two drone testing corridors in Kazakhstan, The Government of Kazakhstan and UNICEF launched a joint initiative for testing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/also known as drones) for emergency preparedness and response at two designated Drone Testing Corridors. The corridors in Kazakhstan are part of UNICEF’s ongoing commitment to bringing drones into humanitarian use. All projects adhere to…, UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Drone Solutions, The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity through the use of drones. If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of  UNICEF’s programme countries  and have a working, open-source drone…, Drones Certifications via Blockchain , UNICEF Ventures is leveraging a public blockchain, Ethereum, to make claims in a transparent and immutable way. In the first phase of the prototype, UNICEF Ventures is issuing certificates confirming the participation of organizations who test in our drone corridors.