15/06/2023

Tackling yellow fever: UNICEF's efforts to strengthen diagnostic testing

Yellow fever, a mosquito-borne disease that causes more than 50,000 deaths annually, has long affected tropical and sub-tropical regions. With its potential to cause widespread outbreaks, it poses a significant threat to children’s health and well-being. In the fight against this disease, UNICEF has taken the lead in procuring and delivering…, Early detection, rapid interventions, Diagnostic tests are crucial for early detection and containment of disease outbreaks, significantly reducing the risk of death for the most at-risk people. In the case of yellow fever, testing is critical as part of disease surveillance efforts as it allows countries to identify outbreaks and take countermeasures, such as mass vaccination…, A blueprint for development, Recognising the urgent need for improvements, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, called on UNICEF’s expertise in procurement and the WHO technical know-how to overcome issues in supplying yellow fever diagnostics to countries. With a financial commitment from Gavi between 2019 and 2025, UNICEF engaged with manufacturers and partners to bring affordable…, Evolution of tests, Building on the achievements of this first stage of the diagnostics project, the overall partnership, which includes FIND, Gavi, UNICEF, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) and WHO, expanded its efforts to include additional diagnostic tools for yellow fever. A major development occurred in 2022 when molecular diagnostics (…, Next in line: cholera , The impact of UNICEF and its partners’ work extends far beyond yellow fever. The success of tackling this disease can be replicated to address other major public health concerns. Cholera, another vaccine-preventable disease, is set to benefit from the pioneering development of bundling all the critical supplies a country needs to test rapidly and…
13/03/2023

Building infrastructure for the health of children and communities

In 2020, five million children died before the age of five, mainly from preventable or treatable causes. A woman in sub-Saharan Africa is 130 times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than a woman in Europe or North America.   Alongside our rapid response initiatives for health emergencies, UNICEF works with countries and communities…, Healthcare decentralization in Somalia, Decentralization of health services capacity is a major priority for Somalia’s Federal Government as well as the UNICEF country office in Somalia.  The delivery of health services, especially at regional levels, is a considerable challenge in the country. UNICEF reported in 2021 that most of the country’s disease outbreaks were the result of low…, Strengthening rural health infrastructure in Niger, Niger is currently ranked 190 out of 191 countries on the 2020 Human Development Index despite recent economic gains. On average, Can Niger escape the demographic trap? women in Niger have seven children – reflecting the world’s highest population growth rate. Several critical indicators confirm that healthcare is lagging. High costs and long…, Improving distribution of childhood vaccines in Burkina Faso, Over 50 per cent of Burkina Faso’s population is under 18 years of age and Burkina Faso - Country Office Annual Report 2021 44 per cent is under 15 . The expanding conflict that began in 2018 has forced many health facilities to reduce services or close down completely. However, while 95 per cent of the population has been affected, Burkina Faso’s…