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Children standing in a row
© UNICEF Bhutan/2012/Sherpa
Children of Umsang Gakidh village in Bumthang district waiting to greet visitors. “Gakidh” means happiness in the national language.

UNICEF’s work in Bhutan began in 1974, and over the years we have strengthened our collaboration with the Royal Government and partners to improve the lives of children, youth and women in Bhutan. Based on the core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – survival, development, protection and participation – UNICEF Bhutan works on four key programme areas, with a strong focus on equity and inclusion. These include health, nutrition and sanitation; quality education; child protection and youth participation; and planning, monitoring and communication for advocacy and promotion of behavioural and social change communication. HIV/AIDS prevention and care and gender are cross-cutting elements of the programme. Through our work in close partnership with the Government, civil society and other development partners, UNICEF Bhutan aspires to happiness for every child in Bhutan.


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