Health and Education for Vulnerable Children

Excluded and invisible children

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What we do




Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Prime Minister’s Department 
The EPU works towards improving the quality of life of all Malaysians and promotes balanced and sustainable development through effective development planning. In addition, the EPU strengthens internal resilience and international competitiveness and promotes optimum utilisation of available resources. The EPU is the focal point for UNICEF's planning in Malaysia.

Ministry of Education (MoE)  
MoE is responsible for the development of a world class quality education system which will realise the full potential of the individual and fulfil the aspiration of all Malaysians. The MoE ensures that all children in Malaysia have equal education opportunities. UNICEF works with the MOE to introduce life-skills based education and emergency preparedness for school-going children as well as a supplementary reading program for children in rural and remote areas and remedial education for Malaysia’s Orang Asli children.

Curriculum Development Centre, Ministry of Education 
The CDC, which was established as a Division in the Ministry of Education in 1974, is responsible for developing the national school curriculum in line with the National Education Philosophy. The New Primary School Curriculum in 1982 and the Integrated Curriculum for Secondary School in 1988 are among the Division’s major achievements. CDC and UNICEF will work together to develop a HIV Life-Skills Based Education and special remedial education programs for Malaysia’s Orang Asli and other indigenous children

Ministry of Health (MoH) 
The MoH builds partnerships for health to facilitate and support the people in Malaysia to attain good health and enjoy a better quality of life. UNICEF has worked with the MoH since 1954 in child and maternal health and nutrition. Today, UNICEF supports the MoH response to HIV/AIDS and health programs for marginalised and vulnerable children.

Family Health Development Division (FHDD), Ministry of Health 
The FHDD was initiated in 1956 as a Maternal and Child Health Unit providing basic care for mother and child. In 1996, the program was expanded to cover the life cycle of a family, from birth to death. Amongst the many achievements of the Division is the impressive reduction in under five child mortality rate and maternal mortality rate which today are comparable to that of industrialised countries. In 2006, UNICEF works with the Division to improve the early identification of autism amongst toddlers so that early interventions to benefit the child can be instituted. UNICEF will also collaborate with the Division to provide health care services related to sexual reproductive health for children with special needs in view of their vulnerability to sexual exploitation.

Community Development Division (KEMAS), Ministry of Rural & Regional Development
KEMAS, a division in the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, was established in 1972 to develop rural people, especially in remote areas, focusing on family development, including home economics, nutrition and family health as well as community pre-school child care centres and adult literacy programs. Early Childhood Education Programs, for regional and rural Malaysia, remain the core business of KEMAS. UNICEF and KEMAS are working hand-in-hand to meet the needs of rural children with special needs. The program will develop specialised preschool curriculum; improve the knowledge and understanding of targeted preschool teachers; and enhance the knowledge and skills of the parents of children with special needs.


University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, formally established in 1970, is Malaysia’s third university and the first to use Bahasa Melayu, as the medium of instruction. Its Faculty of Education has directly and indirectly worked to change Malaysian society’s perception of children with special needs by innovative teaching methods to cultivate their unique strengths. The Faculty is nationally recognised as a pioneer and leader in the field of special education. UNICEF and the Faculty’s Centre for Studies in Learner Diversity are collaborating on research to identify the basic needs of marginalised children in Sabah and Sarawak.


MERCY Malaysia  
MERCY Malaysia is a non-profit organisation that focuses on rapid medical response for the assistance of communities affected by disasters in Malaysia and around the world. In partnership with UNICEF, MERCY Malaysia is seeking to develop programs and initiatives that addresses the socio- economic and health needs of marginalised communities and contribute to evidence based policy analysis of children in the area of survival, development, protection and participation. 

Breastfeeding Information Bureau (BIB) Malaysia
Breastfeeding Information Bureau or the Pusat Penasihat Penyusuan Ibu-Ibu Malaysia is a non-governmental organisation that offers educational programs focused on preparation for birth, breastfeeding mothering, parenting, and continuing health education for professionals working in the birth and lactation field. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the National Family and Population Development Board (LPPKN), UNICEF works with BIB Malaysia to promote and protect breastfeeding for mothers and their infants in Malaysia.



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