Social networks are a fun way to keep in touch with friends and make new ones. They help share information that might otherwise have gone unheard. With 200 million active users on Facebook, at least 100 million MySpace users, and over 1 million Twitter users, we must share this vital piece of information: Every day, 25,000 children die from preventable causes.
We need your help in getting these 300 million+ people to believe that no child should ever die from a preventable cause.
A USF reimagining of Twitter’s “fail whale” originally created by Sydney artist and designer Yiying Lu.
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From March 22 to 28, thousands of volunteers, restaurants, agency, government and corporate partners joined together to support UNICEF’s Tap Project. While World Water Week may have officially come to a close, there is still much you can do to help UNICEF put an end to the preventable deaths of children due to a lack of clean water!
The power of technological innovation to produce positive change in the developing world was the focus of the fifth annual Web4Dev conference, hosted last week by UNICEF. The gathering of experts from the UN system, academia, and the private sector, explored how new and existing mobile and online technologies can be used to tackle poverty and disease and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
UNICEF executive director Ann M. Veneman called upon participants to put innovation at the service of humanity. Ms. Veneman cited an example of a remarkable joint initiative between UNICEF and Columbia University in which health workers in developing countries are using mobile phones and SMS text messages to track the nutritional status of children in remote communities. To learn more about this amazing project, read this earlier post by my colleague Jen Banbury.
Faced with one of the country’s worst economic crisis in history, Uruguay is struggling to provide their children with a good education. Many rural schools are in tatters, with few books and scant schools supplies. Current school drop-out rates top 40 percent in some communities.
To turn the spotlight on this issue, the creative staff at UNICEF in Uruguay grabbed the media’s attention this past winter by organizing a cross-country horseback trek to visit rural schools. Why on horseback? Because it’s the traditional way many countryside children travel to school in Uruguay.
Thirty years ago, only one out of five children were immunized against killer diseases like measles and polio. Throughout the developing world, millions of children were dying of illnesses that had all but disappeared in the world’s wealthier countries. Since then, a near miracle has taken place. Now, four out of five children are protected by vaccines. Polio is on the verge of elimination. Measles and tetanus deaths have been reduced dramatically. This miracle did not happen by itself.
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