What we do
UNICEF is the global leader promoting and protecting children’s rights in 190 countries, including Turkmenistan.
UNICEF’s work in Turkmenistan
UNICEF Turkmenistan Country Programme for 2016–2020 aims at supporting the Government in accelerating the universal realization of child rights by aligning legal frameworks, policies and practices for children with international standards. UNICEF strives to protect the rights of young children and children with disabilities to survive and develop, in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Country Programme has four interconnected programme areas: young child survival and well-being, quality and inclusive early learning; reducing social inequities, and partnerships for child rights. Early childhood development, children with disabilities and gender are the cross-sectoral programmes.
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Young child survival and wellbeing
Turkmenistan has progressed in reducing child mortality, but there is more to achieve.
Young child survival and thriving component of Turkmenistan’s country programme aims at reducing child mortality and ensuring access of all children, including children with developmental difficulties, to quality health services for their survival, health and optimal development.
The Government of Turkmenistan’s investment into the immunization programme reaches 65 mln. USD for the period of 2006-2020, which has resulted in 97 per cent immunization coverage.
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Quality and inclusive education
UNICEF helps the Government of Turkmenistan ensure that all children, including the most disadvantaged, benefit from pre-school and primary education.
Primary school enrolment is high in Turkmenistan at 97 per cent, and rates of retention and completion are equally high for both boys and girls. UNICEF helps the Government to achieve international standards of quality education, as well as advance strong education policies, build the capacity of teachers and pre-school specialists, and integrate children with disabilities into regular education and learning environments.
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Reducing social inequities
Reducing social inequities is essential in the realization of the right of children, women and families to an adequate standard of living and quality basic services.
Reducing social inequities is one of UNICEF’s programme components. It aims to ensure that the social protection system is ready to provide inclusive quality community-based support services.
UNICEF in Turkmenistan has been advocating for child and gender-sensitive social protection system as the government seeks to further develop and strengthen the existing social protection programmes and policies, directed at improving the wellbeing of children and their families.
Availability of reliable data plays a key role in shaping the lives and living conditions of children. When the right data are in the right hands at the right time, investments can be better targeted, decisions can be better informed, more equitable, and more likely to protect children's rights.
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Partnerships for child rights
Partnerships are critical to deliver results for children and realize their rights.
UNICEF's works to build effective and sustainable partnerships within the country and beyond to mobilize both financial and non-financial resources to deliver results for children under priority programme areas. Strategic partnerships for children appear to become even more important through the support of the Government in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and advocating for the new emerging areas for children.
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UNICEF addresses early childhood development, children with disabilities and gender through its cross-sectoral programming.
UNICEF assists the Government in addressing cross-sectoral issues requiring the support of multiple stakeholders. Early childhood development, children with disabilities and gender are threaded into all mainstream programmes, such as health, education and social protection.
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