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.
UNICEF at a glance
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Our mandate was clear: to help children and young people whose lives and futures were at risk – no matter what role their country had played in the war.
What mattered to UNICEF was reaching every child in need, protecting children’s rights to survive, thrive, and reach their full potential.
Todday UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child.
Before, during and after humanitarian emergencies, UNICEF is on the ground, bringing lifesaving help and hope to children and families. Non-political and impartial, we are never neutral when it comes to defending children’s rights and safeguarding their lives and futures.
And we never give up.
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. We initially assisted in the vaccination of children against tuberculosis and equipped the country's first pasteurized milk factory and 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.
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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.