UNICEF aims to build a protective environment for children by strengthening systems to safeguard them from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect, including children with disabilities and those affected by HIV and AIDS, and addressing social norms to enhance the protective role of families and communities.
UNICEF prioritizes education for all and helps children realize their right to quality basic education through expanding early learning initiatives, raising the quality of education, supporting sustainable education reform and strengthening capacities at the local level to deliver inclusive basic education.
UNICEF works closely with the government to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality by accelerating improvements in delivery and demand for health services, including HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and improve child development by combating hunger and minimizing the negative consequences of malnutrition on children.
UNICEF’s contribution to the national HIV response is strategically situated within its health, nutrition and child protection programmes, which seek to integrally strengthen the health and social welfare systems. In these, UNICEF works closely with the government under the overall coordination of the National AIDS Authority.
UNICEF is working with the government to ensure that major issues related to children and women are addressed and mainstreamed into political and administrative processes through local governance reform so that initiatives at the local level have a real impact on improving social service provision.
UNICEF’s work on water, sanitation and hygiene supports the National Strategy for Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene, with emphasis on reaching the unreached among rural communities. It operates within government schemes and seeks to leverage these and other resources to scale up water, sanitation and hygiene approaches at the community level.