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Hi there UNICEFStories Readers. In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during October. Click away.

Breaking Gender Stereotypes – a Young Girl Reminds Women and Girls of Their Rights

Meet a young a 16-year-old girl from Drenas, who directly challenges the preconceived gender roles in Kosovo. Rina believes that “It’s not easy to challenge stereotypes, but society doesn’t change if you don’t start changing yourself first.”

Innovations for water quality monitoring

Every 24 hours, 6,000 children die from preventable water-related diseases. UNICEF calls for collaboration in designing a detection method that can rapidly but accurately identify contamination. Find out more here.

Virtuous Reality: Is there a place for VR and AR in the ‘for good’ space?

Imagine being able to teach a subject or create a modular learning environment – these are just some of the future opportunities of how virtual reality can help UNICEF further advocate for children’s rights.

Tying it all together

Khushi Baby, one of the winners of UNICEF’s Wearables for Good Challenge, shares their ongoing journey in developing their idea into a scalable global solution for children. Read more here.

Meeting our youth: our future, our present.

UNICEF Innovation and UNICEF NextGen gathered 70 young, curious individuals to talk about the future. Thought we’d share the 5 main topics (yes, we remembered) + more information on each.

Star Wars: Force For Change supports digital monitoring systems in Cambodia

An alarming number of children in Cambodia are orphaned or abandoned. To improve the quality of care provided to these children, Star Wars: Force for Change, UNICEF Cambodia, UNICEF Innovation, the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and NGO Open Institute created a faster and more efficient digital inspection system.

“I Can Light-Up My Future.”

UNICEF Jordan partners with MIT’s Pan-Arab Enterprise Forum, inspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to create child-focused technologies that can help improve the lives of the most vulnerable children. Read more here.

Global Innovation Centre for Children at Tsinghua Opens

Developed through the partnership of Tsinghua University and UNICEF’s Office of Innovation, The Global Innovation Centre of Children (TUGICC) aims to find the next innovations that will accelerate life-saving and life-changing solutions for children. Find out more here.

Mapping Community Health Workers with Satellites in Sierra Leone

UNICEF Sierra Leone uses imagery satellite mapping to create a national and district level database of community health workers (CHWs). This database helps the government effectively plan for, manage, monitor and evaluate CHWs in the future.

Humanitarian efforts benefit from drones as ethical debate continues

It can take hours to travel even short distances along the ramshackle dirt roads of Malawi, an impoverished African country with high rates of HIV. To address this challenge, UNICEF explores the potential use of drones to efficiently speed up the testing and diagnosis of HIV in infants.

RapidPro for Nutrition in Nigeria

Across Northern Nigeria, UNICEF is scaling up the use of RapidPro for monitoring and evaluating both the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. Find out how this open source tool helps improve life-saving programmes here.

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