21 December 2023

Elevating Childhood Vaccination

One-third of UNICEF's  zero-dose children  in the East Asia and the Pacific Region live in the Philippines, and the challenge of ensuring universal vaccination is significant.   In response, the UNICEF Office of Innovation has proactively supported the development and implementation of an innovative real-time vaccine monitoring toolkit known as …, The Challenge , The Philippines stands among the top five nations globally grappling with the challenge of zero-dose children. With a landscape spanning over 2,000 inhabited islands, despite great strides made by the government and its partners, routine coverage of fundamental vaccines hovers between 70 and 80 per cent.  Old vaccine monitoring processes rely on…, Scaling journey , The Office of Innovation supported the scale-up of the RT-VaMA initiative. UNICEF first used Open Data Kit in the Philippines in 2019 to support vaccination during a polio outbreak. With the Office of Innovation's support, the initiative was scaled up in 2023 to improve vaccination planning and implementation.  Through this support, the …, The Impact , Early results from RT-VaMA are promising, as the tool efficiently pinpointed health centers prepared for the campaign, enabling timely interventions for those lagging before the campaign's launch. Managers received alerts about facility readiness, allowing them to proactively address issues and enhance preparedness.  Throughout the campaign, RT-…, Learning and Looking Ahead , Achieving ownership and sustainability of the process was critical, and necessitated ensuring government support at both the local and national levels. This was made possible through robust coordination between the government and partners, including establishing effective feedback mechanisms.  ​​​The implementation of RT-VaMA highlights the…
16 May 2022

Project Play

The challenge, Play is critical for healthy childhood development, helping to build cognitive, social and physical skills. It is also an essential part of severe acute malnutrition treatment, with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending 15-30 minutes of play stimulation per day for recovery . However, many children enrolled in malnutrition treatment do…, 15-30 minutes ​, WHO recommends 15-30 minutes of play stimulation per day for acute malnutrition recovery. An icon of a packet of RUTF, 8.7 million​, In 2022, 8.7 million cardboard boxes circulated the world as part of RUTF packaging.  An icon of a boy and a girl, 7.3 million children , UNICEF could reach an estimated 7.3 million children by repurposing RUTF carboard boxes into toys to support malnutrition recovery.​, The response, Inspired by a supplier initiative, UNICEF is broadening the concept and will print and pre-cut toys in corrugated cardboard cartons, repurposing boxes into toys to aid in malnutrition recovery and promote learning through play. ​ UNICEF offers a diverse catalogue of cardboard toys which help develop cognitive, motor and social skills in children…, The impact, Through this frugal innovation UNICEF will provide simple, fun and easy-to-use toys to children with severe acute malnutrition, increasing the likelihood of recovery. Additionally, providing toys and ‘how-to-use’ guides enables to raise awareness of the importance of play. By repurposing packaging and giving cardboard boxes a second life, UNICEF…, While it may sound like fun and games, play is a critical part of healthy childhood development, The first five years of life are a critical period of brain growth in every child, with learning taking place at a speed that will never be equalled. Through play children build cognitive and motor skills and learn through experimentation – figuring out how the world works for themselves. It also teaches social skills, including leadership and…, PLAY YOUR PART, for our children and our planet       Join the fun and get in touch: innovateforchildren@unicef.org Blocks icon project play