Yet with close to 400,000 children under-five still dying from preventable causes each year, Ethiopia continues to have one of the highest child mortality rates in the world.
Veneman’s trip to Ethiopia, which included visits to a commercial flower farm and a coffee cooperative, has underscored the importance of developing the national economy in order to achieve sustainable improvements in the conditions of Ethiopia’s children.
While in Ethiopia, Veneman also participated in the opening of the Plumpy’Nut factory in Addis Ababa, which is producing the ready-to-use-therapeutic food.
“Therapeutic foods such as Plumpy’Nut will help save the lives of severely malnourished children and help fight malnutrition across the country,” said Veneman.
Effective partnerships among Government, affected communities, donors and UN agencies have also been a major factor in this success. The Enhanced Outreach Strategy for child survival – the largest ever collaboration between the UN and the Government of Ethiopia – and the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) campaign, are pillars of this success.
“Partnerships are essential for Ethiopia’s success against the challenges of poverty, disease, nutrition, protection and education,” said Veneman. “We must act with urgency and build on our achievements so that Ethiopia’s children not only survive, but thrive.”
UNICEF is on the ground in 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.