UNICEF Georgia Fact Sheets
number of children in Georgia, basic indicators (U5 child mortality, any specific health problems, education data etc)
Total population, (2006 – SOWCR) 4.4 million
Our main programmes in Georgia
The 2006 – 2010 programme of cooperation between the Government of Georgia and UNICEF focuses on the following areas:
Emergency response to conflict zones is an integral part of each programme component. The main partners of UNICEF include central and local governments, UN agencies and international organisations, donors as well as NGOs and media.
The 2006-2010 Country Programme contributes to the ongoing national social reform process in the area of child care, health and education by providing support to:
What work does/did UNICEF undertake in Abkhazia and South Ossetia?
UNICEF Georgia had worked in the health sector in both territories since 1994, initially supplying vaccines, later followed by building up the local immunisation capacity. We supplied essential medicines, materials and water and sanitation kits. In recent years almost all schools were supplied with ‘School-in-a-box’ kits and ‘Recreational kits’ and health facilities with sets of basic equipment (resuscitation, obstetric and first aid kits). Over the years UNICEF had built up good relationships with de facto authorities, local communities and other organizations working in the areas, including UNOMIG and UNHCR in Abkhazia.
Do we/did we have offices in these areas?
We have a Field Office in Sukhumi, Abkhazia, with a local Field Assistant permanently based there. We have no office in South Ossetia.
Approximately, how many children lived in i) Abkhazia and ii) South Ossetia?
According to the de facto Ministry of Health in Abkhazia there are approximately 41,200 children under the age of 15. (Data based on statistics from 2006)
Data for South Ossetia are less reliable, also due to intensive flow of people across the border with Russia (into North Ossetia) or to the rest of Georgia.
A fair estimate would be approximately 9,000 children under the age of 15.
What is the correct UN terminology when referring to these two regions?
Abkhazia, is a territory strategically located on the Black Sea in the northwestern region of the Republic of Georgia.
South Ossetia, is another breakaway region of Georgia bordering with Russian in the north.
In official UN documents the two regions are referred to as ‘Abkhazia, Georgia’ and ‘South Ossetia, Georgia’.
Officials from the two regions are always referred to as de facto. E.g. de facto Minister of (…) or de facto authorities.