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…
31/03/2023

UNICEF’s Dubai Supply Hub: at the centre of the earthquake response

A crucial factor in quickly getting Delivering emergency supplies supplies into disaster areas is having them available for transport in the event of an emergency. This is why in the aftermath of two devastating earthquakes that struck Syria and Türkiye on 6 February, UNICEF mobilized pre-positioned life-saving supplies in-country and from Global…, Immediate response, Due to favourable geographic proximity, Dubai’s International Humanitarian City (IHC) has been a key location for pre-positioning and dispatching UNICEF’s emergency supplies. Far from the Emirate’s skyscrapers, 3,000 m² of warehouses serve as a humanitarian hub in the desert between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Inside, thousands of pallets hold items such…, A 24/7 operation, UNICEF’s initial focus was ensuring people could access safe drinking water and sanitation services. Pre-positioned supplies were immediately mobilized in-country and from UNICEF’s Global Supply Hubs. In Dubai, warehouse staff worked around the clock to ensure supplies were packed as quickly as possible and loaded onto trucks bound for the airport…, Beyond the earthquake response, The warehouse operation at the IHC is not the only storage hub for UNICEF’s emergency supplies in Dubai. Located 10 km away across the desert is another enormous warehouse which can store 50,000 pallets of supplies. The warehouse, generously donated free of charge to UNICEF by DP World, has played a central role in the global COVID-19 response,…
06/03/2023

Delivering supplies to reach those affected by earthquakes in Syria and Türkiye

Thousands of children and families are facing desperate conditions after the two devastating earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks that hit Syria and south-east Türkiye on 6 February 2023. UNICEF has been working around the clock to provide life-saving assistance to those affected by the earthquakes. Find out some of UNICEF’s actions to ensure…, Shipping essential supplies, In Türkiye, UNICEF has distributed winter clothes, electrical heaters and blankets to nearly 277,000 people, including over 163,000 children. Working closely with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF is procuring life-saving vaccines and cold chain storage equipment. 258,000 people, including 148,000 children received hygiene supplies. In Syria, since…, Water supplies, In Syria, providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation services is critical in preventing illness. UNICEF and its partners have been working to provide critical water and sanitation as part of wider life-saving assistance to earthquake-affected communities. In Syria, 13-year-old Moustafa stands in front of a water truck at a distribution…, In Syria, 13-year-old Moustafa stands in front of a water truck at a distribution point in the Almyassar neighbourhood of Aleppo. “I came here to fetch water so we can use it to wash up and for drinking,” says Moustafa, who came here with his grandfather. “Since the earthquake happened, we did not have water.”, UNICEF/UN0781298/Al-Asadi A WASH Facilitator for UNICEF Syria, checks the quality of trucked water in Almyassar. Syria-UN0781299-2023, Mohammad, a Water and Sanitation (WASH) Facilitator for UNICEF Syria, checks the quality of trucked water in Almyassar., NICEF/UN0781299/Al-Asadi Children and their families fill jerrycans with clean water at a distribution point in Almyassar. Syria-UN0781310-2023, Children and their families fill jerrycans with clean water at a distribution point in Almyassar., UNICEF/UN0781310/Al-Asadi In Syria, 13-year-old Moustafa stands in front of a water truck at a distribution point in the Almyassar neighbourhood of Aleppo. A WASH Facilitator for UNICEF Syria, checks the quality of trucked water in Almyassar. Children and their families fill jerrycans with clean water at a distribution point in Almyassar., Heaters to keep children warm, Dispatch of over 1,000 electrical heaters to keep children and families warm. UNICEF is helping with the dispatch of over 1,000 electrical heaters to keep children and families warm. Thousands of homes were destroyed by the earthquakes and aftershocks, displacing children and their families at a time of year when low temperatures, snow and…, Nutrition support, Hamzeh, 4, is screened for malnutrition by a UNICEF-supported mobile health team leader in Aleppo, north Syria. Hamzeh, 4, is screened for malnutrition by Hiba, a UNICEF-supported mobile health team leader, using a mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) tape in the Alsalheen neighbourhood in Aleppo, north Syria., Loading supplies, At the UNICEF Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen, Denmark, supplies are loaded onto trucks which were dispatched to Syria via Türkiye. At the UNICEF Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen, Denmark, supplies are loaded onto trucks which were dispatched to Syria via Türkiye., Supplies arriving in Syria, Life-saving emergency supplies arrive in Damascus, Syria as part of the earthquake response. Life-saving emergency supplies arrive in Damascus, Syria as part of the earthquake response. UNICEF and partners will be distributing water purification tables, blankets, tents and other life-saving supplies.
24/01/2023

Inclusive construction keeps girls in school and learning

Globally, 129 million girls are out of school. Only 49 per cent of countries have achieved gender equity in primary education. At the secondary education level, the gap widens to 42 per cent in lower secondary and only 24 per cent in upper secondary. This means that in large parts of the world, girls are not given the chance to contribute fully to…, Building gender-sensitive bathrooms in Syria , For many girls around the world, getting their period means putting their learning on hold. In some places, menstruation is a source of stigma, stress and embarrassment. The lack of menstrual hygiene facilities in schools is a significant reason why many girls skip school while on their period . Some girls miss up to a week of school every month…, Creating safe learning spaces in Lebanon , In Lebanon, UNICEF rehabilitated 23 public schools that had fallen into disrepair and had become unsafe for children. The renovations benefitted 6,571 children and focused on ensuring safety, hygiene, accessibility and gender sensitivity. The project, completed in April 2020, aimed to improve access to quality education for all vulnerable children…, Reducing distance to school in rural Djibouti  , In rural contexts, schools are often far from home, and the safety risks in walking the long distance can be a significant barrier to accessing education. This is especially true for girls when street harassment or violence is prevalent. Parents who fear for their daughters’ safety may keep them from traveling outside their community.   One…
08/12/2022

How construction makes progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, are 17 interlinked global goals designed as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future. This vision cannot be achieved without realizing the rights of the child. UNICEF’s work in construction reflects an…, Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, Almost 6 million children under the age of 15 died from preventable causes in 2020, based on estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). To reduce preventable child deaths and promote the health and development of all children and adolescents, UNICEF works on construction projects that strengthen national healthcare systems, improve rural…, Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, Around the world, there is a learning crisis, with 6 out of 10 children suffering from learning poverty . Access to quality education and lifelong learning is uneven. Through school construction projects, UNICEF focuses on equity and inclusion to provide all children – no matter who they are or where they live – with quality learning opportunities…, Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, Worldwide, Water and sanitation 844 million people lack even a basic source of drinking water and 2.3 billion do not have access to basic sanitation facilities like latrines. Contaminated water and poor sanitation are among the leading causes of death for children under 5. Without access to clean water and proper sanitation and hygiene facilities…, Read more, At a street, a Palestinian boy holds up an information leaflet detailing how water desalination works. UNICEF’s work in constructing complex infrastructure Three girls are smiling to the camera while holding SDG signs UNICEF and the Sustainable Development Goals