What we do in Eastern and Southern Africa

UNICEF works with governments and partners towards realizing children's rights and achieving the MDGs. The focus is on reaching all children, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. UNICEF supports programmes in these areas:

Young child survival and development


More than 50% decline achieved in child deaths, but 1 in 13 continues to die   

Maternal and newborn health

Promote emergency obstetric and newborn care to save lives   


Ensuring adequate nutrition during ‘1000 days window of opportunity’   


Eradicate major childhood diseases such as polio and measles   

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Critical to children’s health and impacts on their ability to learn   


Combating big child killers through community health workers   

Basic education and gender equality

A child-friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all   

Children and AIDS

Towards virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV   

Child protection

Create a protective environment for every boy and girl   

Social policy

Influence public policy to enhance children's survival and development   

Emergency preparedness and response

Provide life-saving assistance to children affected by disasters, and protect their rights in any circumstances   



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