Social work is a driving force in solving social problems of vulnerable groups of the population

World Social Work Day highlights issues on social protection of vulnerable people

18 March 2024

TASHKENT, 19 March 2024 – As Uzbekistan today joins the global community in celebrating World Social Work Day, UNICEF called for innovative insights to enhance community-based support for children and young people across Uzbekistan.

This year’s theme is ‘Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change’, which emphasises the need for social workers to adopt innovative, community-led approaches that are grounded in indigenous wisdom and harmonious coexistence with nature.

In Uzbekistan social work has been given a central place, driven by the establishment of the National Agency for Social Protection under the President of Uzbekistan to provide professional services to nine million people in difficult conditions. They include persons with disabilities, senior people, families who lost a breadwinner, women who suffered from domestic violence, and children.

Current number of social workers in Uzbekistan stands at 4,600 and more social workers across Uzbekistan will join the professional social work network in 2024 to serve people in communities and bring positive changes in their lives.  Current ratios of social workers per 100,000 population   stand at 13, while social service workforce with child protection functions stans even at 3 per 100,000 child population.  To meet the needs of children Uzbekistan requires more social workforce.

“It is crucial to recognize the importance of engaging young professionals in the global social work network and movements. The energy, innovation, and fresh perspectives brought by young social workers are invaluable in addressing emerging challenges and adapting to evolving societal needs”, said Geoffrey Ijumba, UNICEF Representative a.i. in Uzbekistan.

Over the years UNICEF in Uzbekistan has supported the capacity strengthening of social workers though improvement of academic Curricula and development in-service and re-training programs. UNICEF has provided international guidance through building partnership with best Schools of Social Work and competency-based training. In its work plan with NASP, National University of Uzbekistan and other partners work on the social service workforce will be focussing on adapting Law on Social Work, developing professional standards of social work practice and intense in-service training for new cohort of social workers.

UNICEF is committed to fostering a supportive environment for young professionals in Uzbekistan, bringing International best practices, and encouraging their active participation in the international social work community. And today, social work students at the National University of Uzbekistan join the World Social Work Day with their insights and small project design to embrace those social challenges in society.


For more information, please contact: 


Diana Isaeva

Child Protection Officer



Phone: +998 93 597 41 79



Nargiza Egamberdieva

Communication Officer



Phone: +998 93 380 34 19



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Nargiza Egamberdieva
Communication Officer
UNICEF Uzbekistan
Tel: +99893 380 34 19


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