About UNICEF

UNICEF is the global leader promoting and protecting children’s rights in 190 countries, including Zambia

A child is carried by its mother
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UNICEF believes

All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

Our mission

UNICEF helps build a world where the rights of every child are fully realized. It is our conviction that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress.

UNICEF was created in 1946 to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. It has global authority to influence decision-makers, and a wide variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.  

Postage stamp shows nurse and mother looking at baby
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A 1988 postage stamp from Zambia promotes growth monitoring. The stamp was issued as part of the Child Survival and Development Revolution campaign, launched by UNICEF in the early 1980s.
Four waving children
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A 1968 postage stamp from Zambia commemorates UNICEF's 22nd anniversary. It shows the silhouettes of four children waving in a meadow.

Who we are

Since 1964, UNICEF’s Office in the Republic of Zambia has been working with civil society organizations to help the Government fulfil its obligation to empower children to fully claim and enjoy their rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UNICEF’s Country Programme 2016-2021 promotes the rights of every child and reaches the most disadvantaged children in Zambia. UNICEF works with the Government to improve social policy and systems, and on the ground to make sure that these systems reach all children, with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable.  

UNICEF works across sectors of health, nutrition, social policy, child protection, early childhood development and education. We help supply clean water, sanitation and promote hygiene. We work with and for children and young people. UNICEF also provides humanitarian assistance when needed.