Since 1954, UNICEF has joined forces with the Government and the people of Malaysia to transform the lives of children across the nation. We are proud and happy to know that we have helped achieve improvements in health, nutrition, water and sanitation, formal and informal education as well as welfare services for children in rural and poor urban areas.
However, we are acutely aware that while these advances are significant, there's still a long way to go. Lasting improvements in the social, legal and protective environments provisions for children happen only with irrevocable change in policy based on the best interest of the child.
In our 2011-2015 Country Program, we set about improving the availability of knowledge and data on issues affecting Malaysia's children to build a firm base for policies that could address remaining social gaps. A number of issues were addressed, specifically in the areas of health, education and protection.
For the 2016-2020 Country Program, our priorities are directly in line with the strategic directions of the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11th MP), which is the key development strategy and planning instrument of the Government of Malaysia.
UNICEF collaborates with Malaysian partners in government, corporations or civil society organisations, and other UN agencies in the country. We are honoured to be part of Malaysia's journey to improve the lives of its children while developing the nation, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.