Thank you from every child

A tough year. A difficult year. A year that tested us all. As the year draws to close, UNICEF India thanks everyone who in this crisis stood for child rights

Idhries Ahmad
Dr N J Darshak explains benefits of early breast feeding to a young mother, Bhavna Khant during COVID-19 pandemic at her primary health centre in Matoda, Gujarat.
30 December 2020

COVID-19 has changed many things but the dedication of those who work to keep children safe has never wavered.  

To our heroes and our supporters, we say thank you for helping reimagine a better world for every child.

Eight-year-old Khushi studies in her mohalla class with in Borlay block in Barwani, Madhya Pradesh

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many children stayed at home. In India 286 million children and adolescents were affected by COVID-19 school closures. However, that didn't mean education stopped. UNICEF maintained the continuity of learning at home. 

Online classrooms and television and radio programmes have benefited nearly millions of children in 17 states. Close to 44.4 million children continue to learn through UNICEF and partners' education initiatives across 16 states.

We have also supported the Government in developing guidelines for reopening schools.   

Staff nurse Darshna Ravat administering vaccine to Savitri at Adolescent friendly clinic at primary health cenre in Dahod, Gujarat .

During COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF continued to support the Government to focus on securing every newborn's life.  UNICEF supported Government to provide millions of children and women essential healthcare, including prenatal, delivery and postnatal care, essential newborn care and immunization.
Close to 19.7 million children and women received essential healthcare, including prenatal, delivery and postnatal care, essential newborn care, immunization, treatment of childhood illnesses and HIV care in UNICEF supported facilities. More than 1.48 million healthcare providers were trained in detecting, referral and appropriate management of COVID-19 cases. 

A huge thanks to the millions of health care workers who worked in challenging conditions to make sure children and their families were safe.  

Anganwadi worker Madhu baira conduct handwashing session for kids during Mamta Diwas session in village Kundli in Gujarat.

During the pandemic, UNICEF helped government spread critical information on how to stay safe from contracting the disease and helped create enabling environments for them to do so.

About 3.6 million people across India were reached with critical WASH supplies. These supplies included soap and sanitary pads, handwashing stations designed to minimize hand touch, and supplies for hospitals with the need to practice proper infection prevention and control.

UNICEF also converged the goals for education and child protection support to provide teachers, parents, cleaning staff and guardians for schools and child care institutions the information required to maintain healthy environments.

Minaxi Patel is given one kilogram sukhadi prepared at Anganwadi centre in Baria, Gujarat . Anganwadi workers distribute this nutritious food to the mothers with children who are between 3-6 years old.

During this year, UNICEF also supported Government of India to provide continued services to millions of children across India who could have become stunted. 

Millions of children who could have become stunted, are now living healthy lives through UNICEF supported nutrition services. The Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) in UNICEF supported states working on nutrition sessions increased from about 427,000 to over half a million. About 102,400 children (6-59 months) were admitted for treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). 

UNICEF thanks thousands of Anganwadi workers who made sure children were nourished. 

 Coordinator for COVID-19 awareness programme, Muhammad Yunus, wearing a Personal protective equipment is spreading awareness to take precaution during COVID-19 in a slum in Chembur, Mumbai.

UNICEF supported Government in building capacities of over one million frontline workers to respond to the pandemic. UNICEF supported the campaign to address prevailing stigma and discrimination associated with frontline and essential workers, and COVID-19 survivors. 

UNICEF in India has reached more than a billion people on COVID-19 through messaging on prevention and access to services. About 660 million children and their families across India have been reached with accurate information on how to stay safe from COVID-19.

We salute the millions of corona warriors who continued to work in extremely challenging conditions. 

Childline Call Centre Operators taking precautionary measures at work in Mumbai India.

UNICEF continued to work closely with Government to make sure children were safe. Over 333,000 children and their caregivers have been provided with psychosocial support through

UNICEF's assistance, including training child protection functionaries and counsellors and the Government. About 8200 children without parental or family care were provided with appropriate alternative care arrangements.

Our salute to thousands of CHILDLINE workers and NGOs, who made sure help was just a phone call away for children who felt unsafe.   


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UNICEF also thanks corporate partners and donors across India who stood firm with UNICEF and supported rights of children India.

As UNICEF celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2021, we thank you all for your vital support. 

Let's continue to work together, and Reimagine a safer future for all every girl and every boy in India