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 surge in patients, let alone provide essential primary health care.  The Ebola outbreaks, cholera outbreaks and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the urgent need for rapidly deployable surge health facilities to …, The response ​, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are developing a Health Emergency Facility which can be rapidly deployed and equipped in the event of future disease outbreaks.   During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many ad-hoc health facilities took months to plan, install and operationalize. The new facilities…, 2-3 months, Existing surge health care facilities can take 2-3 months to design, procure and operationalize.  An icon of a document with a tick on it, 2-3 hours, The new Health Emergency Facility will be able to be designed and ordered within hours.   An icon illustrating several tents with a large letter 'H', Within weeks , With prepositioning in regional hubs, new facilities will be able to be set up and provide essential care within weeks. , The Health Emergency Facility, The Health Emergency Facility will include everything needed to set up a screening, isolation and treatment centre in the event of an outbreak, from the physical structure to the medical equipment and medicines, to electricity and water supply.   Using guidelines and a digital planning tool, programme and supply managers will be able to identify,…, The impact​, With epidemics occurring more often and spreading faster and further than ever, having a rapidly deployable Health Emergency Facility available will help prevent small disease outbreaks from becoming global pandemics, potentially saving millions of lives.   Once available, UNICEF aims to use the Health Emergency Facility in response to the COVID-…, 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.