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Newsletter - December 2017

Dear colleagues,

Global hunger needs to be addressed alongside efforts to increase soil fertility. Extreme climate events are contributing to large loss of soil which has a major effect on farmers. In sub–Saharan Africa, millions of hectares of land are disappearing every year, yet 80% of its economy is based on subsistence farming. If farmers cannot farm, who will feed the hungry?

December 1st was marked as World AIDS Day, a global public health campaign dedicated to raising awareness about AIDS spread by HIV. Although there was a decline in the HIV death rate between 2000 and 2015, African regions still account for almost two-thirds of the global total of new HIV infections. Apart from medical breakthroughs, what is required to end HIV/AIDS?

In the interview with AIDF, Matthias Boyen, Drone Focal Point, HIV/AIDS Support Project Officer at UNICEF, shares how information from aerial images can help address the needs of communities more effectively. Matthias is involved in setting up Africa's first humanitarian drone test corridor and his team assisted integration of the Malawi's health supply chain system with drones.

Lastly, we are excited to announce that our new website is now live! As well as having a brand new look, it’s a lot easier to navigate. The new website has new topic categories, media centre and a responsive design to ensure it works as well on mobiles as it does on desktops. Have a look at and let us know what you think.

Kind Regards,



Turning The Tide In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Approximately 36.7 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Of these, 2.1 million are children. An estimated 1.8 million individuals became newly infected with HIV in 2016, which equates to 5,000 new infections per day. Although there was a decline in the HIV death rate between 2000 and 2015, African regions account for two-thirds of the global total of new HIV infections.

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Matthias Boyen, UNICEF

Interview with Matthias Boyen, UNICEF

With UNICEF Malawi, I am managing the use of drones for disaster preparedness and response. Concretely that means that my main focus is to bridge the gap between drone flights/ acquisition of data and the end-user. Through the information generated from aerial images the government can be more effective in responding to the needs of communities, especially women and children. I also assist the team which supports...

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Who will Feed the Hungry?

If Farmers cannot Farm, who will Feed the Hungry?

Whilst the world’s population is increasing due to the rise of climate change, global food production will decline drastically up until 2050, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).Ultimately the world needs to understand how poverty, climate change and hunger can be tackled together. Is climate-smart agriculture a strategy that recognises the link between all three?

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B Medical Interview
CSA Webinar

VIDEO: Luc Provost explains the importance of the Total Cost of Ownership

Do you know that a new cold chain equipment is half as expensive as vaccines wasted in one single breakdown. The value of vaccines stored in the lifetime of a fridge can be more than 30 times the value of the fridge. But the upfront purchasing price is only the tip of the iceberg of Total Cost of Ownership, which is the total cost associated with owning and operating a cold chain equipment during the life span of the equipment. Learn more

Improving Adoption Of Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies In Africa

Join our webinar on ‘Improving Adoption Of Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies In Africa’ taking place on 17th January 2018 at 10.00 BST (GMT +1) / 13.00 EDT. David Del Conte, Deputy Head at the UN OCHA will be offering first-hand insight into, climate smart innovations to improve productivity for rural communities and upscaling agriculture platforms as a way to help climate resilience and small hood farming. To register, click here

AIDF Africa Summit

The agenda for the Aid & Development Africa Summit 2018 has been published. Discover latest additions to the panel discussions including The Tech Revolution that is Changing How We Measure Poverty; Disaster Relief and Blockchain; Phones and Drones Transforming Healthcare. To view agenda, click here

Africa Summit event guide

By attending the Summit on 27-28 February, you’ll be at the forefront of the UNICEF's mobile innovations that support community resilience in Africa; best practice in logistics and supplier management from Save the Children and World Vision; insight into effective partnerships for aid and development programmes with African Development Bank and Belgian Food Security Programme!

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