At a glance: Ireland

UNICEF in Ireland

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Irish popstar and actress, Samantha Mumba, is a Special Representative for UNICEF Ireland. Among her responsibilities, she acts as spokesperson for UNICEF Ireland's annual “Kids Helping Kids” campaign.

UNICEF Ireland was established in 1962 and is the only Irish aid agency that focuses exclusively on providing assistance to and for the world’s poorest children. UNICEF Ireland has a driving passion to build a better world for children in which every child’s right to dignity, security and self-fulfilment is achieved.

UNICEF Ireland provides funding for worldwide programmes as well as direct funding for a growing number of country specific programmes in the areas of health, water and sanitation, education, child protection and emergency relief. Currently, UNICEF Ireland directly supports 12 programmes world-wide in eight countries, namely Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Iraq, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

UNICEF Ireland Special Patrons include Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan and Mick McCarthy. Samantha Mumba and Maxi are UNICEF Ireland Special Representatives.

All of UNICEF Ireland’s programmes are 100 per cent funded by donations from the Irish public, both public and private sectors. Throughout the year, UNICEF Ireland’s major fundraising initiatives include the annual UNICEF Ireland/Conrad Dublin Mother’s Day Lunch, the ‘Kids Helping Kids’ Campaign and Aer Lingus’s Change for Good.




















Basic Indicators

Under-5 mortality rank


Under-5 mortality rate (U5MR), 1990


Under-5 mortality rate (U5MR), 2012


U5MR by sex 2012, male


U5MR by sex 2012, female


Infant mortality rate (under 1), 1990


Infant mortality rate (under 1), 2012


Neonatal mortality rate 2012


Total population (thousands) 2012


Annual no. of births (thousands) 2012


Annual no. of under-5 deaths (thousands) 2012


GNI per capita (US$) 2012


Life expectancy at birth (years) 2012


Total adult literacy rate (%) 2008-2012*

Primary school net enrolment ratio (%) 2008-2011*


Definitions and data sources [popup]

Source: The State of the World's Children

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