Partnerships for children

UNICEF Senegal Country Programme Brief

Country brief
UNICEF Senegal/2021/Fall


For 75 years UNICEF has been an unstoppable force for change in children’s lives. From short-term relief to long-term development programmes, we have been working tirelessly to save children’s lives, protect their rights and secure their futures.

In Senegal, the past years have been an exceptional journey for UNICEF. The country has made significant progress in advancing children’s and women’s rights.

Today, children in Senegal have a greater chance of reaching their fifth birthday than ever before. Child deaths have significantly declined over the past decades, a victory for children and women. Being able to go to school is now a reality for many more children.

UNICEF and its partners have led intensive advocacy efforts in the country, resulting in substantial progress in legislations, policies, strategies and national programming.

However, much more needs to be done to create a supportive and protective environment for children and future generations. Not every child gets to enjoy a full childhood. Still, too many young lives are cut short. The journey from a mother’s womb to the vulnerable adolescent years is fraught with risk and challenges. 

Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily lives. COVID-19 is causing appalling consequences for young people and children at all levels. The right to health and education is threatened. The right to well-being and to protection is weakened.

In a country like Senegal, the COVID-19 outbreak is creating significant additional pressure on social service delivery systems and exacerbating vulnerabilities in affected populations. Hard-won progress in advancing children's rights has been threatened.

At the same time, the pandemic has also revealed the potential that exists in the country. Young people have innovated to overcome this crisis. We now have a crucial window of opportunity to reinvent ourselves and reimagine the future for every child.

The UNICEF Senegal country programme has made progress in leaps and bounds in many areas. It has not been without its challenges. But our vision has remained steadfast—to ensure that no child is left behind, and that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children are given the best opportunity for a healthy life, to fulfil their potential and to remain protected against harm.

We could not have achieved any of this without the solid partnership we have with the Government of Senegal, the United Nations System, development partners, private sector, NGOs, civil society and community-based organisations, faith-based organisations and media. And the direct partnership with children and youth, positive agents of change. Their commitment and willingness to make Senegal a better place for children is exemplary.

We also extend our gratitude to our generous donors, without whom we could not have had the positive impact we made on children’s lives.

We look to the future with optimism and with the willingness to work harder and more effectively for Senegal’s children.

With my sincere thanks,

Silvia Danailov
UNICEF Representative in Senegal

Child Rights
UNICEF Senegal
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