UNICEF: THE UNITED NATIONS FUND FOR CHILDREN
Children are children. They’re not toys, they’re not soldiers, they’re not brides. It doesn’t matter where they’re born or grow up, whether their country is at war or at peace. Children need care, protection and food. And even if they’re enslaved, refugees or exploited, no-one can stop them from dreaming.
That’s why every day, in more than 190 countries around the world, even the most remote and difficult, UNICEF brings children solutions that are called vaccines, water, schools and shelter. Every day, UNICEF fights to reduce the number of child deaths – right down to zero – with effective, low-cost initiatives such as vaccination programmes and treatments for acute malnutrition.
UNICEF conducts programmes in the fields of health, services, water supply, education, and in protecting and assisting mothers and children. It takes action in humanitarian emergencies, not only by sending essential supplies such as high-nutrition food for children, health and medicine kits, water purification tablets, and waterproof sheeting and blankets. It also provides psychological support programmes for children traumatised by conflict or by natural disasters.
For both its development and its emergency programmes, working closely with the beneficiary communities is always a key element of UNICEF’s intervention methods. UNICEF provides these communities with technical and material support, so that they can take ownership of their own, sustainable long-term development.