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Going mobile: Using phones to connect young people to clinics

South Africa is still experiencing the world's largest and fastest growing HIV epidemic with approximately 288,400 new infections a year. Almost 60% of all new HIV infections occur amongst adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24.

Launched by the NGO loveLife, the iloveLife platform is an innovative cell-phone based system for young people offering interactive information on sexual and reproductive health and rights and connecting young people with clinical health services and facilities with the ultimate aim of promoting healthy lifestyles.

Through the support of the Innovation Fund, UNFPA added a clinic locator and rating system to the existing mobisite, iloveLife. The objective was to connect young people with clinical health services and facilities that offer youth-friendly services increasing both preventative care as well as treatment.

Rebuilding Syria through innovation: Empowering Syrian youth to become entrepreneurs

Despite the limited transportation, perpetual security threats and bombings ravaging her adopted city, Leen Darwishan optimistic 23-year-old woman, stayed steadfastly determined to continue her education at the University of Damascus and graduate with a degree in computer science.

And later this year, after the conflict raging across the country forced her to leave behind her life in her home town of Harasta, Leen will achieve her goal and claim her diploma. She is also hard at work launching her new app and web-based platform, called Remmaz, designed to teach coding throughout Syria – and eventually the Arab world, started through support from the UNFPA Innovation Fund.