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GENEVA, Switzerland, 7 July 2009 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the 2009 Innovation Fair held at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva yesterday. The fair is part of the High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which is meeting here this week with a focus on global health.

UNICEF and partners represented at the fair are presenting new technologies and products that have helped revolutionize child and maternal health care.

“Health is the foundation for peace and prosperity,” said Mr. Ban in his address to ECOSOC delegates. “Investments in health are investments in society. They save lives and benefit economies through improved productivity.”
Read more at http://www.unicef.org/health/index_50183.html

SG Ban Ki-moon with UNICEF Communications Specialist Erica Kochi

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RapidSMS wins USAID Challenge
Erik Hersman (Ushahidi), Henrietta H. Fore (USAID Administrator), and Kirsten Bokenkamp (RapidSMS Malawi)

Columbia University and UNICEF received first-prize in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s “Development 2.0 Challenge” for an innovative system designed to adapt commonly accessible technology to better monitor the health and nutritional status of children in Malawi.

“This is a perfect example of UNICEF’s vision of bringing together experts from around the world and from diverse fields such as academia, private sector and civil society. The aim is to leverage this global knowledge and create solutions which help achieve lasting benefits for children,” says Dr. Sharad Sapra, Director of UNICEF’s Division of Communication.

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Muhammad Yunus and Sean Blaschke at the World Health Congress
Muhammad Yunus and Sean Blaschke at the World Health Congress

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