What we do
UNICEF works in the best interest of children in Uzbekistan
We see a child as a person with individual needs to survive and thrive, whose rights need to be addressed in full measure.
We focus on the disadvantaged child so that a fair chance for all children can be ensured.
This helps us develop a holistic approach to address different needs of the child to lead a life full of joy, hope and dignity.
In order to address critical issues regarding child protection in Uzbekistan, UNICEF is pursuing a multifold strategy which includes continuous advocacy and provision of technical support for the development of policies and legislation related to child protection, improvement of capacities of various professionals to create protective environment for all children and awareness-raising on child protection issues among general population.
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Initiatives in this field have included integrating international standards and practices into safe mother and child care, training healthcare providers, and supporting high impact, cost effective maternal and child health programmes. UNICEF is also dedicated to enhancing preventative medicine in Uzbekistan. Within this field the agency has conducted nationwide immunisation initiatives, developed and ensured the implementation of laws regarding nutrition and food fortification, and promoted exclusive breastfeeding through the Baby-Friendly Hospitals Initiative, advocacy programmes and public awareness campaigns.
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Primary and Secondary Education is free and compulsory in Uzbekistan. According to the recent MICS) Net attendance rates of children in primary school (grades 1-4) and lower-secondary school (grades 5-9) remain high — 99 percent and 97 percent, respectively.
Participation rate in organized learning for pre-primary, one year before the official primary entry shows an impressive rate at 72%, with low regional and gender disparities.
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In line with the framework outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the state programmes related to child well-being, UNICEF’s social policy programme has supported the Government of Uzbekistan in two critical areas. Firstly, it has worked with national partners to develop child sensitive, equity-focused social protection and public finance systems. Secondly, it has worked to build on and strengthen the national child rights system to ensure integrated implementation and monitoring.
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