Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya – Representative
A warm welcome to the UNICEF Zimbabwe website.
On this site, you will find information about UNICEF’s programmes in Zimbabwe and the vital partnerships that enable us to deliver improvements to the lives of marginalized women and children. I am proud of the achievements we have recorded in the last few years, none of which would have been possible without the leadership of the Government, the funding support of the development partners, the tireless efforts of our implementing partners, and the indefatigable spirit of the Zimbabwean people.
Let me reflect a bit on some of these achievements. It is common knowledge that Zimbabwe’s economy in the last two decades has undergone severe contraction, which has been exacerbated by the AIDS pandemic and recurrent adverse weather conditions. The country’s social service systems, among the very best in the 1980s, have under- performed due to multiple reasons, chief among them chronic under-funding and loss of skilled manpower.
The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in 1974, which provides free routine vaccinations to children. In 2012, its Global Vaccine Action Plan set a goal for 90% national coverage with vaccines in national programs by 2020. Notwithstanding this goal, approximately 1.5 million children under age 5 die annually from vaccine preventable diseases.