UNICEF at 70 in Tajikistan - Ensuring every child has the right to good health, quality inclusive education and a protective environment.
The world’s largest children’s organization was established on 11 December 1946 to bring help and hope to children suffering in the aftermath of WWII
DUSHANBE, 14 December 2016 – On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.
Today, UNICEF is the world’s largest children’s organization, working with partners in 190 countries and territories and through the efforts of 13,000 national and international staff to reach every child.
UNICEF’s relentless engagement in the world’s toughest places has helped create remarkable progress for children in recent decades. The number of children dying before their fifth birthdays has been more than halved in the past 25 years. Hundreds of millions of children have been lifted out of poverty. Out-of-school rates among primary-school-aged children have been reduced by more than 40 per cent since 1990.
At UNICEF’s 70th anniversary celebration in Tajikistan, Ms. Rajabmoh Badriddinova, Ombudsperson for Child Rights highlighted: “From the time of the establishment of the Child Rights Department in the Ombudsman’s Office, UNICEF’s contribution has been significant in strengthening the capacity of this institution. Our work particularly concerns areas of health, child care reform and judicial justice system reform."
Since 1993, UNICEF works in Tajikistan in close partnership with the Government, development partners, civil society, communities, children and adolescents to give equal and equitable opportunities to all children, particularly the most vulnerable ones, and attend to their wellbeing throughout their stages of growth. Some key recent results for children achieved by UNICEF and partners over the last years include:
Protecting children: UNICEF advocated for the successful establishment of the Child Rights Department in the Ombudsman’s Office and the creation of the Department on Juvenile Justice and Child Rights in the Ministry of Justice.
Creating opportunities for children to learn: Over 35,000 pre-school aged children (4-6 years old) benefit from the 1,500 early childhood education centres the Government has established based on a model developed by UNICEF and other partners.
Meeting adolescents’ specific needs: The Youth-Friendly Health Services (YFHS) modeled by UNICEF has been expanded by the Government of Tajikistan from 21 in 2011 to 26 in 2013 with dedicated state budget.
Addressing nutrition since early days: As of December 2015, 58 out of 71 maternity hospitals in the country have been certified as "baby friendly" for the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding.
On the occasion, Lucia Elmi, UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan states: “Every child has the right to good health, quality inclusive education and a protective environment that facilitates a smooth transition to adulthood. Our vision is to ensure that all children – girls and boys - in Tajikistan grow healthy, well-educated, safe, and capable of contributing to their future, living up to their full potential!"
Note to editors:
The event “UNICEF: 70 Years for Every Child” will be open for public until Saturday 17 December at the Ismaili Centre of Dushanbe. Families, children, adolescents, students – everyone can attend this event; participate in interactive games; watch films (animated and documentary) and enjoy musical performances by young artists from the group “WEST”
• The publication of a new book, For Every Child, Hope: UNICEF@70 1946-2016, which captures 70 years of the organization’s work for the most vulnerable children;
For more information, please contact:
UNICEF at 70 from across the region