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…
23 October 2018

Drones

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.