About us

UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa works to protect the rights of every child across the region

Newborn infant boy who suffers from jaundice and sepsis and weighs only 1.3 kilograms, has his hand held by his grandmother.

For every child

Whoever she is. Wherever he lives. Every child deserves a childhood. A future. A fair chance. That’s why UNICEF is there. For each and every child. Working day in and day out. In 190 countries and territories. Reaching the hardest to reach. The furthest from help. The most excluded. It’s why we stay to the end. And never give up.

All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa

The Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) coordinates and supervises UNICEF’s work in 21 countries across the region. We also coordinate UNICEF's engagement in the UN Coherence process in the region, as well as support country offices' resource mobilization efforts.

The regional office is a hub of technical support, policy guidance and oversight, and intellectual leadership on children's issues.

UNICEF’s key priorities in the region include: young child survival and development, children and AIDS, basic education and gender equality, child protection, and emergency preparedness and response. A range of cross-cutting programmes support these priorities, including communication, communication for development (C4D), monitoring and evaluation, and supply and logistics.

Make a difference

See how you can build a better future for every child in Eastern and Southern Africa.