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UNICEF: 70 years for every child


On the 11th of December 2016, UNICEF celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding. UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.

UNICEF came into Nigeria in 1953 and its first interventions in Nigeria were related to endemic disease control through mass campaigns. The emphasis then was on the control of leprosy and yaws. It was the first African campaign against leprosy and yaws between 1952 and 1953.

Tiny stories

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This year, as we mark the 70th anniversary of our work for children, UNICEF has invited writers from all over the world to pen a short story on the theme ‘what I want for every child’. More than 200 authors have answered the call, weaving their vision of a world in which all children enjoy the right to survive and thrive, to learn and to grow up healthy and safe from harm.

Here is a selection of their tiny but powerful stories of courage, anger, love – and, most of all, for every child, hope.


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UNICEF aims to accelerate the realization of the rights of all children and women to survival, development, protection and participation. Promotes efforts to reduce infant, child and maternal mortality; expand access to quality basic education; and strengthen social and child protection systems, using a rights-based and gender-sensitive approach.

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