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Annual Report 2015

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UNICEF Zambia is pleased to share with you our Annual Report 2015. The report presents an overview of achievements recorded by UNICEF Zambia last year in our key programme areas of health and nutrition, HIV and AIDS, education, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection, and social policy. The 2015 report celebrates a number of victories for Zambia’s children, including:

  • Coverage of the social cash transfer programme increased by 35 per cent in 2015, from 145,000 to 200,000 households— covering an estimated 1 million poor and vulnerable children. Cash transfers provide a lifeline to many Zambian children and families living on the edges of extreme poverty and social exclusion.
     
  • 1.16 million Zambians gained access to improved sanitation in 2015. This brought the cumulative total to 3.13 million new sanitation users through UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme. In addition, 68 per cent of homes had a place to wash hands—a key step towards reducing child deaths from diarrhea and pneumonia. We know this because 46 districts now use real-time monitoring through mobile-to- web technology to record the data, under a government programme UNICEF is closely supporting.
     
  • Zambia’s expansion of Option B+ within the national prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV programme is saving more Zambian babies from HIV infection and keeping their mothers alive. In 2015, 86 per cent of pregnant women attending PMTCT services had been provided with antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, edging closer and closer to the 2016 coverage target of 95 per cent.
     
  • Early childhood education (ECE) was strengthened through the creation of an ECE directorate in the Ministry of General Education, a new curriculum in seven local languages rolled out to 270 UNICEF-supported ECE centers and a national ECE policy submitted to Cabinet Office for government approval.
     
  • UNICEF Zambia supported a ground-breaking qualitative study on child marriages. The government has come up with a consortium of 11 ministries on ending child marriage while civil society organizations have formed a network to end this child rights violation. A national strategy on ending child marriage has since been drafted.
     
  • UNICEF Zambia also strengthened its capacity in the field of public finance for children. Partnerships have been formed with local think-tanks, civil society organizations, the International Monetary Fund and the Ministry of Finance, helping UNICEF to advocate for budgetary increases for children and women’s programmes.

We are confident we will continue to build on these achievements in our new country programme 2016-2020. UNICEF remains a committed partner to Zambia’s children and a committed advocate for children and women’s rights. The UNICEF Zambia team hopes you will find the 2015 Annual Report useful and informative in your work.

 

 
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