UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help every child survive and thrive. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families.

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UNICEF believes

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

UNICEF at a glance

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was established in the first United Nations General Assembly meeting on 11 December 1946 to help the children affected by World War II and to provide them with food, medicines and clothes. Today, UNICEF is the largest international organization that deals with children’s issues and works in more than 190 countries in the field of health and nutrition, education, protection and access to equal opportunities for all children. UNICEF collaborates with a range of governmental authorities, civil society organizations, religious leaders, academia, and private-sector groups.

Crucially, UNICEF’s work is supported by voluntary contributions from governments and private donors, trusts and foundations from every corner of the globe.

Vaccination in Erbil
An infant held by her father receives a drop of oral polio vaccine from a woman health worker at a UNICEF-assisted primary health centre in the northern city of Erbil.
a folded UNICEF-supplied blanket
Circa 1950 in the north-western town of Castoria, a boy holds a folded UNICEF-supplied blanket, clutching the skirt of a woman who has one hand on his shoulder and the other holding the hand of another child, with another blanket under her arm

UNICEF’s support to the Islamic Republic of Iran

UNICEF has been supporting the Government in its work for Iran’s children since the early 1950s. UNICEF initially assisted in the vaccination of children against tuberculosis and equipped the country's first pasteurized milk factory. UNICEF later focused on supporting children's health programmes in Iran, such as promoting breastfeeding, vaccination and fighting against diarrhea. These collaborations between UNICEF and the Government were later expanded into other areas including strengthening the country's healthcare system, maternal health programmes, nutrition, fighting against micronutrient deficiency such as iodine, and acute respiratory infections. Programmes to support the education and protection of children were then added to the joint cooperation.

portrait of a girl
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Current Country Programme of Cooperation

The current country programme between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and UNICEF, from 2017 to 2021, is focused on the following areas:

Focuses on enhancing the capacity of the national health system to improve access to and quality of health and nutritional services for children and their mothers. Special attention is given to the first 1,000 days of life.

Contributes to the efforts of the Government in fighting against HIV and AIDS and promoting development and roll-out of drug prevention models targeting young people and adolescents.

Contributes to national efforts for increasing equitable access to all-inclusive quality education at all levels for the most disadvantaged children including refugee children, girls and children with special needs.

Focuses on enhancing the capacity of the justice system to protect children in judicial proceedings (child victims, witness and offenders) in line with national and global international instruments.

Focuses on enhancing the capacity of health and social welfare systems in the prevention, early detection and response to maltreatment of children.

Contributes to national efforts in promoting integrated social protection systems informed by a comprehensive understanding of all dimensions of child poverty and disparities.