UNICEF in ActionHighlightsInformation ResourcesDonations, Greeting Cards, & GiftsFor the MediaVoices of YouthAbout UNICEF
Unicef Home      

World Summit on Sustainable Development


UNICEF in action

In India

In Zimbabwe

Say Yes for children!

Stop the cycle of poverty

Protect the environment

Provide health care to all children

Work for a World without HIV/AIDS

Provide education for all

End exploitation, abuse, violence and war


In Southern Africa


Invest in children: Advance sustainable development

Provide health care to all children

More Information
See what UNICEF is doing about Immunization.
Access publications on Immunization.

"Everyday children die by the hundreds. Either from malnourishment or other preventable causes. Many children have not ever seen the inside of an doctor's office and receiving shots is out of the question. Children today need doctors and yearly check ups to support their needs."
- Ann, 12, United States on Voices of Youth

Healthy Children Contribute to a Healthy Planet

Fact: Over 11 million children die each year from preventable causes, more than the total population of New York City and Johannesburg combined.

A Multisectoral Approach in Sri Lanka
© UNICEF/97-0767/Lemoyne
A boy shows where he has just been immunized as a health worker prepares to give another measles immunization.

Sustainable development, taking into account children's rights and special vulnerabilities, plays a significant role in rescuing children from deadly environments. The multisectoral approach for promoting human growth and development offers an efficient model for sustainable development. Sithuwama, a UNICEF-supported NGO in Sri Lanka, uses centralized village programmes where babies receive immunizations and nutrients while their parents learn about the importance of safe water, adequate sanitation and cognitive stimulation for their children.

Fact: Iodine deficiency, the single most important cause of preventable mental and development disabilities, causes a 10 to 15 point decrease in IQ.

Raising Intelligence Quotients in Bangladesh
A UNICEF-assisted measles immunization campaign in Bangladesh.

Iodine deficiency will soon be eliminated forever in Bangladesh thanks to a unique partnership among salt producers, the government and donor and UN organizations. Before iodized salt became available in Bangladesh, almost 77 million people - nearly three fourths its population - were iodine deficient. Now over 70 per cent of households consume iodized salt, thereby ensuring a 'smart start in life' for the next generation of children in Bangladesh.

Next: Eradicate HIV/AIDS