On September 2, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) commented on innovations and ideas for the 'Future of Health' report co-created with the business culture blog PSFK. Here are nine concepts that are "great opportunities" for health in the future.
Information Blanket For Newborns: a baby blanket that regulates hot/cold and educates parents and caregivers on warning signs, growth, breastfeeding plus a bar code for health professionals to scan and monitor the baby over time.
Visual Dosage Instructions: the idea of using local artists to develop drug packaging/messaging with images to explain dosage information.
SMS Birth Registration: Creates a birth registration database that healthcare workers can text info to in order to monitor mother-child health and ensure birth certificates are recorded worldwide.
Little Village Board Game: a children's board game to bring awareness to global health, food, water and sanitation.
Give City: Social gaming for good - sort of like Farmville for competitive giving.
Google Earth Health Codes: utilizing Google Earth to pinpoint the neediest communities in the world with detailed information on real-time epidemics as well as other vitals (births, deaths).
Baby Bags: large health swag bags (imagine "blue-Ikea bag") with tape measures for handles imprinted with information to help caregivers manage children's health and filled with essential items for a newborn.
Teach Shirts: instructional t-shirts that show universal images on how to respond with basic first aid, CPR to educate 'virally' in case of natural disasters and emergencies.
This Is Your Community: Incorporate global health campaigns into retail space displays and highlight aid workers.
To learn more about UNICEF/PSFK's 'Future of Health', go to: http://www.psfk.com/future-of-health and for more on UNICEF Innovation: http://unicefinnovation.org/