Partnerships are an essential aspect of UNICEF’s work
In DPRK, UNICEF’s main partner is the Government, with all liaison facilitated by the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Major implementation partners are the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of City Management, the Education Commission, the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Institute of Child Nutrition and the Grand People's Study House. Specific technical groups have been established to facilitate the coordination, implementation and monitoring of interventions in all sectors. These technical groups (like the child health and nutrition group, maternal health and breastfeeding group, and the anti-epidemic unit) significantly contribute to enhanced service delivery to children and mothers in the most vulnerable areas in DPRK.
UNICEF coordinates the Nutrition, WASH and Education Theme Groups and works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and some international EU-based NGO’s such as Save the Children International, Concern Worldwide, Triangle GH, Handicap International, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe, and Premiere Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale.
Specifically, UNICEF collaborates with WHO in the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) supported TB & Malaria Programme, the expanded programme on immunization, and projects related to safe motherhood, supply of essential medicines and integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI); with WFP in the management of acute malnutrition; and with UNFPA in projects related to safe motherhood and supply of essential medicines. In addition to the focus on delivering the essential interventions for Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, UNICEF also collaborates with partners for strengthening the health system through capacity building initiatives for procurement and logistics, health information and quality assurance systems.