Health

The educator guides, youth report, multimedia, videos and stories in this collection of teacher resources are intended for students to discover how the global community is uniting to save children's lives. Youth will learn about the threats to children's well-being and the solutions.

Topic Materials

Units & Lesson Plans

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6-8
Unit 1: Introduction to Child Survival
In this unit students will: 1) Identify what every child needs to grow well during the first five years of life. 2) Articulate their memories of being age five.
9-12
Unit 1: Where Do We Stand?
In this unit students will: 1) Discuss the importance of development in the first five years of life; 2) Define child survival and the under-five mortality rate — what it means, and how it is calculated; 3) Become aware of the reasons why the...
6-8
Unit 2: Challenges and Responses
In this unit students will: 1) Learn about the concept of the under-five mortality rate and why the number of deaths is higher in some regions of the world than in others. 2) Read and interpret tables, graphs, and pie charts in the Youth Report,...
9-12
Unit 2: Simple, Effective, Affordable Solutions
In this unit students will: 1) Learn about the main causes of preventable deaths for children under five; 2) Become familiar with readily available and low cost lifesaving solutions; 3) Investigate the science behind some lifesaving measures; 4...
6-8
Unit 3: Community Participation and Child Survival
Using the lessons in this unit students will: 1) Develop a definition of “community”. 2) Describe a community in which the health needs of children and families are met. 3) Brainstorm ways in which they can contribute to decisions about health...
9-12
Unit 3: Moving Forward Through Community Action
In this unit students will: 1) Examine the characteristics of “communities”; 2) Consider how community services can be designed to address the health needs of families with children under five; 3) Become familiar with the concept of community...
6-8
Unit 4: Combating Malaria - Bed Nets, A Simple Solution
In this unit students will: 1) Review the basic facts on malaria and its prevalence. 2) Learn about the important role of insecticide-treated bed nets in preventing the spread of malaria. 3) Consider bed-net distribution in Malawi and Congo as...
9-12
Unit 4: Uniting for Child Survival
In this unit students will: 1) Become familiar with four key strategies for a united global child survival effort. 2) Reinforce the idea expressed in UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children 2008 report that the opportunity to increase the...
6-8
Child Survival: Full Educator Guide - Grades 6-8
The units in this guide are intended for students to discover how the global community is uniting to save children's lives.
9-12
Child Survival: Full Educator Guide - Grades 9-12
The units in this guide are intended for students to discover how the global community is uniting to save children's lives.
9-12
Full Unit: Maternal and Newborn Health - 9-12
The lesson plans in this educator’s guide are intended to help students understand the great disparity in levels of maternal and newborn health around the world.
9-12
Maternal and Newborn Health: Youth Report
The Maternal and Newborn Health: Youth Report provides students with an overview of the issue of Maternal and Newborn Health. The report is an excellent accompaniment to the Maternal Health Educator Guide.
Activities

activities

PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Ebola School Fundraising Poster
Use this poster to inform your school community about Ebola and publicize your UNICEF fundraiser for Ebola.
PK2
Activity Sheet: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF (K-2)
This K-2 Activity Sheet helps students explore the issue of malnutrition, and how UNICEF is addressing this issue around the world with life-saving supplies.
Articles

articles

3-5, 6-8
UNICEF ACT Immunizations — Standards Alignment
This document shows the Common Core and national professional organization standards satisfied by the lesson and activities in the UNICEF ACT “Immunizations: Closing the Gap.”
6-8, 9-12
Combating Cholera
Learn about how UNICEF is helping to combat cholera, a deadly waterborne disease, in Guinea-Bissau in West Africa.
6-8
Global Citizenship Brief Special Edition: Stop Ebola
6-8
Indonesia's Little Doctors
In Indonesia, youth are helping to educate their local community about the importance of health, sanitation and hygiene.
6-8, 9-12
Making Strides Against HIV/AIDS
While the battle against HIV/AIDS may seem insurmountable, progress is slowly being made. Read about some of UNICEF's efforts in the area of HIV/AIDS.
9-12
Nepal: Community Partnerships
Read about how community health partnerships in Nepal are helping to improve, water, sanitation and health.
6-8, 9-12
The Child Survival Revolution
Thirty years ago, former UNICEF Executive Director James P. Grant launched what would become known as the “Child Survival and Development Revolution.”
6-8, 9-12
The Fight Against Malnutrition
A global food crisis and a faltering economy have put more children at risk of starvation and disease. UNICEF is responding with lifesaving therapeutic foods and a comprehensive nutrition strategy.
Video

video

PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
A Tale of Two Mothers
This video follows the fictional story of two South African mothers who are trying to get their children vaccinated and are met with different outcomes.
6-8, 9-12
Addressing Malnutrition in Syria
Learn how UNICEF is using Plumpy'nut to help address chronic malnutrition in Syria.
6-8, 9-12
Eliminating Malaria in Kenya
See how bednet distribution is lowering rates of Malaria in Kenya.
6-8, 9-12
Eradicating Polio in Nigeria
Polio remains endemic in only three countries: Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Watch a story about a man in Nigeria who provide work opportunities to young men affected by polio and how he is helping spread the word about polio immunization.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Malnutrition in Guatemala
Guatemala has the fourth highest malnutrition rate in the world and 50% of Guatemalan children under the age of 5 are chronically malnourished. In this video, UNICEF helps a struggling mother give her children the nutrition and supplements they need.
6-8, 9-12
Polio Immunization in D.R. Congo
Watch a video about efforts to vaccinate children against polio in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Polio was thought to be eradicated there, but a recent outbreak has required new vaccination efforts from UNICEF and its partners.
6-8, 9-12
Salt Iodization in Turkmenistan
Learn about how UNICEF is working with the government of Turkmenistan to iodize salt. Salt iodization prevents mental retardation, and is important to the health and development of children.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF and Kiwanis: Eliminating Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus
UNICEF and Kiwanis recently announced a historic five-year partnership to eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus. To learn more about tetanus and the new initiative, watch this UNICEF video.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF's Community Health Services
Watch a video about how UNICEF supports efforts to improve child survival, and the improvement of maternal health.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF Medical Care in Afghanistan
Watch a video about UNICEF community health services in Afghanistan.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF provides access to nutrition in Somalia
Learn about how UNICEF therapeutic feeding centers are helping feed the children of Somalia, where one in five children are malnourished.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF: An Introduction - 1980-1989
UNICEF promotes the child survival revolution in the 1980s, to combat the 15 million annual preventable child deaths.
6-8, 9-12
Whatever It Takes To Save a Child
Learn about the ways in which UNICEF responds to humanitarian crises.
6-8, 9-12
L'Elimination du Paludisme au Kenya
Voyez comment la distribution des moustiquaires baisse les taux de paludisme au Kenya.
6-8, 9-12
La Erradicación de la Malaria en Kenia
Vea como la distribución de mosquiteros esta bajando las tasas de la malaria en Kenia.
6-8, 9-12
Projets de santé dans les communautés d'Egypte
Apprenez plus sur les projets de santé de l'UNICEF dans les communautés d'Egypte
6-8, 9-12
Proyectos Comunitarios de Salud en Egipto
Aprenda sobre los proyectos comunitarios de salud de UNICEF en Egipto.
6-8, 9-12
Soins Médicaux de l'UNICEF en Afghanistan
Regardez une vidéo sur les services de santé dans les communautés de L'Afghanistan
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF la Asistencia Médica en Afganistán
Vea un video sobre los servicios comunitarios de salud de UNICEF en Afganistán.
Audio

audio

6-8, 9-12
Maternal Mortality in Afghanistan
Listen to a podcast that explains the health situation that many expectant mothers face in Afghanistan.
9-12
Preventing HIV Transmission in Infants
UNICEF is working to provide access to healthcare which will lower the rate at which infants contract HIV from mothers.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake reflects on visit to Pakistan
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited Pakistan earlier this week to meet with officials, as well as visit relief camps and survey the damage caused by the mass flooding. UNICEF Radio caught up with him on an early afternoon flight from...
6-8, 9-12
Vaccinating Against Tetanus and Providing Access to Neonatal/Community Healthcare in Ethiopia
UNICEF and Kiwanis International recently announced a five-year partnership to eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus. Listen to this podcast to learn about some of UNICEF's current Tetanus-eradication programs and some of the challenges faced in the...
9-12
Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in India
Listen to the story of a teenager in Tamil Nadu India. His father died from AIDS-related causes and his mother is HIV positive. Ragurawaran works as a youth educator in his community, and aims to educate his peers and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
6-8, 9-12
Martin Bell Reports from Afghanistan – Literacy Comes to the Community
In Kandahar women are attending literacy classes for the first time in their lives. The women are learning traditional needlework and embroidery as well as how to read and write. Literacy plays a crucial role in bringing hope for a better future.
9-12
A Nepali Woman's Attempt to Reach the Hospital During Pregnancy
Radio correspondent Mandy Cunningham reports on women struggling with the dangers of pregnancy and childbirth in Nepal.
9-12
African Youth Forum Delegates Deliver Call to Action to AU Summit
UNICEF Radio speaks to African Youth Forum delegate Bonolo Cebe, 18, about taking the Forum's call to action to leaders at the African Union Summit.
6-8, 9-12
Equity in child survival: An opportunity to do things better
UNICEF Direct of Policy and Practice Richard Morgan helps to explain some of Progress for Children's major findings.
6-8, 9-12
Executive Director Anthony Lake Helps Roll Out UNICEF's Mother-Baby Pack in Kenya
UNICEF Radio speaks with Jacklin Akinyi Odongo, a 'mothers2mothers' site coordinator who counsels women in Kisumu, Kenya about preventing HIV transmission.
6-8, 9-12
High Food Prices Affect Nutrition in Sudan
Peter, a young student in southern Sudan, discusses the impact of high food prices on health, nutrition and the people of southern Sudan.

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