30/11/2023

How assistive technology restores dreams for children with disabilities amid adversity and conflict

From a school in Rwanda, to a playground in Afghanistan where girls are no longer allowed to play sports, to a temporary shelter in Ukraine, and war-torn streets in Syria; from regaining the ability to hear and move, to recovering from the ravages of conflict; these children are united. They are united in the newfound hope and the dreams recovered…, icon Mobility assistive products, Our selection of eight wheelchair types– from transport, active users to postural support chairs, available in child and adult sizes – ensures that each user can be fitted with the right model and/or size based on their need and context. For additional comfort and support, a range of cushions –from postural to different levels of pressure…, icon Hearing assistive products, Our selection of five hearing aid types – programmable, behind-the-ear hearing aids, available in child or adult sizes, configurable to suit mild, moderate or profound hearing loss – ensures that each user can be fitted with the right type based on their need and context., icon Stay tuned for 2024, UNICEF plans to expand its catalogue by introducing a new range of assistive products ready for procurement in 2024, broadening the disability portfolio to vision, incontinence, inclusive education and digital AT products. To learn more about the transformative impact of these devices in the lives of children with disabilities, see last year’s…
30/08/2022

First serialized vaccine scan in Africa marks milestone in tackling falsified medical products

UNICEF and partners have announced a milestone moment in efforts to tackle the global counterfeit medicines industry as Rwanda and Nigeria became the first countries in Africa to authenticate vaccines using GS1 barcoding technology. The news was announced at the launch of the Traceability and Verification System (TRVST), a new collaboratively…, Quality-assured vaccines and risks, “Substandard and falsified products are a growing global issue, posing major health, social and economic risks. They endanger the lives of those that we are mandated to protect,” said Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF Supply Division. “UNICEF is proud to be at the forefront of global efforts, along with partners, to ensure higher levels of…, TRVST rollout in Africa, In July 2022, the TRVST was launched in Nigeria and Rwanda with the first GS1 scans marking a milestone in patient safety against counterfeit and substandard medicines. COVID-19 vaccines were the first products used in the TRVST. The TRVST started with COVID-19 vaccine data to ensure patient safety and address the urgent risk of falsified or…, Improving efficiency in sharing data, “The TRVST is an important addition to the national health supply chain and health information system investments to improve efficiency in sharing data across the chain, strengthen data quality, extend data visibility, and reduce costs of data capture and transformation,” said Dr. Emile Bienvenu, Director General of the Rwanda Food and Drug…