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…
30/04/2020

A fundamental and sustainable response to COVID-19: improving local oxygen systems

Amid the constraints to global supply chains due to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments are facing considerable challenges to support their populations. With a high demand and low availability of essential medical supplies, export restrictions and limited transportation capacity due to the decrease in air travel, how can countries effectively…, Improving local oxygen systems during COVID-19  , With the increase in demand for oxygen therapy equipment due to COVID-19, countries are facing challenges in understanding what type of, how much and where to find the needed equipment. Under the Oxygen Therapy Project, first launched in 2017 with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a number of tools have been developed for health…, Ensuring a sustainable approach  , The Oxygen Therapy Project was originally developed to build a sustainable response to treat children suffering from pneumonia, hypoxemia or other respiratory illness. Since COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, this emergency has demonstrated the importance of investing in health system strengthening projects.    By capitalizing now on improving…, Key resources  , Oxygen Therapy Innovation Project WHO-UNICEF Technical specifications and guidance for oxygen therapy devices An interagency technical specifications and guidance manual – November 2019 UNICEF oxygen system planning tool - April 2020     Notes: 1 Original quote is from this Opinion: We're not fighting hard enough against the top killer of children…