Health technologies help us deliver safe, timely and effective care for children and mothers.
The healthcare needs of children and mothers around the world are wide in range and demanding in terms of solutions. To prevent, diagnose and treat diseases that threaten children’s lives, health technologies must solve problems such as:
- Providing accurate, rapid diagnoses of health threats like malaria and HIV that enable timely, appropriate treatment that can save lives.
- Providing protection for children and their families against mosquito-borne diseases.
- Keeping vaccines at the right temperatures to maintain their potency as they travel thousands of kilometres from manufacturers to children.
- Safely administering vaccines to children without injuries or infections.
UNICEF collaborates with partners and industry to supply health technologies that work for children.
These are the primary focus areas where UNICEF procures supplies and influences product innovations:
Diagnostics and malaria prevention
Diagnostic tests for malaria, HIV, hepatitis, syphilis and more, as well as clinical laboratory supplies and long-lasting insecticidal nets (bed nets).
Safe injection devices, waste management systems, hospital and medical equipment, disability and assistive technologies, and emergency health kits.
Cold chain equipment
Solar and mains-powered refrigerators and freezers, vaccine carriers and cold packs, temperature monitoring tools and walk-in cold rooms to store, manage and transport vaccines. Explore: What is a cold chain?
These health solutions are critical in preventing, detecting and accurately diagnosing health threats that take millions of lives every year. They also enable health workers to safely deliver quality care in a timely manner for children and mothers.