Articles by: unicefstories

Women use a mobile phone, on Île de Fitiné, an island and fishing village in Lake Chad, Lac Region. Lake Chad – once one of Africa’s largest freshwater lakes – has shrunk by some 95 per cent since 1960. Consequently, many fishing communities find it difficult to maintain their traditional way of life. The shrinkage is also linked to water shortages, food scarcity and malnutrition.

In April 2011 in Chad, malnutrition – a preventable condition – remains one of the greatest threats to children’s right to survival and development. One out of every five of Chad’s children dies before her/his fifth birthday. More than 100,000 of the country’s children aged 0–5 are malnourished, and 1 out of every 10,000 dies each day. Though chronic food insecurity is the main underlying cause of malnutrition, widespread poverty, rising food prices, desertification and climate change all play a part in this silent emergency. UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Health and other partners to improve community-based interventions structured around 205 nutrition centres throughout Chad’s Sahel belt. Between January and October 2011, these centres treated approximately 56,000 under-five children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The effects of chronic malnutrition have only been exacerbated by conflict – both internal and external – that has left hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons as well as refugees from Sudan and the Central African Republic dependent upon aid for survival. In addition to nutrition, UNICEF is also supporting programmes in other vital sectors, including education, health care, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and child protection, for both Chadian and refugee communities. UNICEF is requesting US$46.4 million to continue ongoing assistance for the country’s most vulnerable in 2012.

RapidPro: Enhancing communication with those who matter most

Originally published in the NetHope Solutions Center blog on 22 April 2015, by Emma Schwartz, who provides communications support for NetHope. Listen to the webinar recording here    During the September 2014 UN General Assembly meetings, UNICEF announced its investment in an open source communication platform called RapidPro to enhance real-time information flow in […]

UNICEF Innovations: From start-up to scale up

UNICEF Innovations: From start-up to scale up

In conjunction with the launch of the Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund, check out all of the innovations — from start-up to scale-up — that UNICEF Country Offices, Innovation Labs and partners are working on. Download it here.

Foster Renewable Energy Investment in sub-Saharan Africa

Foster Renewable Energy Investment in sub-Saharan Africa

March 31, 2015, a diverse group of investors, entrepreneurs and practitioners gathered at a roundtable at UNICEF New York headquarters. The roundtable kicked off conversations around “the financing and business models for renewable energy solutions in sub-Saharan Africa.”  Rhys Marsh, an energy investor by trade and a member of a […]

Innovations help fight polio in Pakistan

Innovations help fight polio in Pakistan

By Sergiy Prokhorov Anam wraps a shawl around her shoulder and covers her face as she tells me about her day-to-day work as a Communication Network (COMNet) social mobiliser. She works in Pakistani communities which are most at risk for the polio virus in the Punjab province. Anam helps vaccinators […]

JOB OPPORTUNITY: WordPress Developer

Terms of Reference WordPress Developer UNICEF Innovation Unit Duration of Contract: 6 months Duty Station: San Francisco  Background Since 2007 UNICEF has been a global leader in leveraging technology to advance development goals. Innovation work at UNICEF currently exists as a highly distributed network of labs, designers, developers, program managers, […]