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Why UNICEF?


UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and vital vaccinations, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief, and more.


UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children, regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in virtually every country in the world – more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive.


Over the past two decades, UNICEF has worked to reduce the number of children dying each year from preventable causes before reaching their fifth birthday – from 12.7 million in 1990 to 5.9 million today. At UNICEF we believe that every child should be given the opportunity to survive and thrive.

UNICEF focuses on 6 key areas:


Child Survival

Child Survival

At UNICEF, we believe that every child, regardless of circumstances or socioeconomic background, has the right to grow and thrive. Tragically, every year, millions of children's lives are cut short by entirely preventable causes. UNICEF is helping to reduce the under-five mortality rate by increasing the availability of essential commodities for children and women's health and by scaling-up nutritional support for millions of undernourished children worldwide.

Child Protection

Child Protection

UNICEF believes that all children have the right to grow up in safety. In 2015, with UNICEF's support, more than 9.7 million children's births were registered in 54 countries, helping to ensure they have access to education and other social services throughout their lives. Our programs address every aspect of child protection worldwide – from reducing armed violence, to stopping child trafficking and female genital mutilation, to providing psychological support for children in conflict zones.

Emergency

Emergency

At UNICEF, we know that after a large-scale emergency, acting quickly to restore normalcy for children affected is vital to their emotional and physical well-being. Last year UNICEF responded to 310 humanitarian situations, working to ensure that we are building for tomorrow, not just for the needs of today.

Education

Education

UNICEF understands that education is not only a universal right; it's a powerful tool that helps break the cycles of poverty, disease and social inequity. But close to 60 million children around the world are not going to school. UNICEF works to reach them and ensure every child can access their basic fundamental right to education.

HIV and AIDS

HIV and AIDS

The global battle with the HIV and AIDS epidemic is the most significant health challenge of our time. UNICEF is working to ensure that all pregnant women living with HIV are on lifelong antiretroviral treatment, to reduce mother-to-child transmission of the virus, to increase treatment for children, and to increase national capacities to support orphans and vulnerable children.

Advocacy

Advocacy

It is vital that children's best interests come first at all times and in all environments. As the only organization named in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a source of expertise for governments, UNICEF assesses and sheds light on national and international policies that put children at risk. We advance the rights of all children by influencing the decisions of those who set policy and law.

Together, we have achieved the following results in 2015:
  • We procured 2.8 billion doses of 19 different vaccines, reaching 45 per cent of the world's children across almost 100 countries
  • We helped treat more than three million children for severe acute malnutrition
  • We procured almost 400 million water purification tablets
  • We assisted in the release of almost 10,000 children from armed forces or armed groups
  • With the support of partners, including Kiwanis, we helped to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) in India, Cambodia and Mauritania
  • We provided individual learning materials to 14.9 million children

IRAQ: NUTRITION IN EMERGENCIES

Iraq: Nutrition in Emergencies

Ensuring proper nutrition of children was a challenge in Iraq even before the conflict began. Since then, the situation has only been exacerbated by displacement and an economic downturn. Ten million Iraqis, nearly half of them children, are currently in need of humanitarian assistance. Today, one fourth of all Iraqi children have experienced stunted growth due to severe acute malnutrition, and four per cent of children under five years old have experienced severe acute malnutrition. Concerningly, only one in five children is exclusively breastfed during the first six months of life.


In 2015, UNICEF continued its work to provide guidance on appropriate standards of care for children to national partners, hospitals, primary health care centres and nutrition rehabilitation centres. In 2015, UNICEF reached 9,599 children under five with nutritional support and trained and equipped national partners on the prevention and management of acute malnutrition. Thanks to your support, children like three-year-old Zainab recovered from severe malnutrition, and is now on her way to a brighter, healthier future.


Zainab, from north-eastern Iraq, was taken to a nutrition rehabilitation centre after being identified with severe malnutrition. Whereas before, the governorate of Sulaymaniyah, where Zainab is from, lacked a nutrition unit and the necessary space or supplies to treat severe acute malnutrition. With UNICEF support, Zainab was able to receive the treatment she needed to help get her health back on track.