What we do
Discover how UNICEF builds a better future for every child in Eastern and Southern Africa.
With smart investments and targeted actions, every child can have a fair chance in life.
Africa’s fast-growing child population presents a significant opportunity. The continent’s child demographics are changing rapidly: by 2050, Africa will account for 42 per cent of all global births.
Africa has a chance for greater prosperity, higher per capita growth and a reduction in poverty, if policies and investments are tailored towards its growing child population. Investment for children – in health, education and protection systems – is the highest of priorities for the continent to harvest the full potential of these demographic changes.
In Eastern and Southern Africa, where children under 18 make up almost half of the total population, UNICEF works with partners, communities and the private sector to ensure that children are at the heart of our actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
We work to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through to adolescence.
Explore the different areas of our work
Adolescent development, protection and participation
Supporting youth to break cycles of poverty, discrimination and violence.
Communication for development
Applying social and behavioral science to promote the adoption and maintenance of positive behaviours
Ending child poverty
Supporting governments to monitor child poverty and scale-up cost-effective investment to accelerate progress.
UNICEF works to empower girls and women, and to ensure their full participation in political, social, and economic systems.
HIV and AIDS
UNICEF is responding to the HIV epidemic, together with governments and partners, to achieve an AIDS-free generation.
Making domestic resources work better for children
Supporting governments to increase the transparency, value for money, equity and adequacy of investment in social sectors.
Quality education and learning
UNICEF advocates for quality learning for every girl and boy, especially those in greatest danger of being left behind.
Chronic malnutrition will result in stunting – an irreversible condition that literally stunts the physical and cognitive growth of children.
Sanitation and hygiene
UNICEF works with governments to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all
Investing in children is essential both for the socio-economic development of the region and for its political stability.
Survive and thrive
UNICEF helps to reduce child mortality in the region by working to reach the most vulnerable children.