UNICEF has been on the forefront of upholding and protecting the rights and welfare of children in Zimbabwe since 1982.
The launch of the UNICEF-Government of Zimbabwe Country Programme of Cooperation (2016-2020) has resulted in significant achievements in protecting, empowering and protecting the rights of women and children.
The five year programme builds on the accomplishments of the 2012-2015 Country Programme of Cooperation and largely focuses on improving the quality of social services, increasing access to services, and helping to build national and sub-national capacities to provide low-cost, high-impact interventions for all children, especially the most vulnerable.
The programme delivers support to social sectors through pooled funding mechanisms in health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation, and child protection
UNICEF’s collaborative effort, strong leadership by the Government of Zimbabwe across ministries and the generous support of our funding partners has given us the momentum we need to work for the women and children of Zimbabwe.
Some of the landmark achievements of the UNICEF-Government of Zimbabwe Country Programme of Cooperation are:
- Increase in immunisation coverage from 69 to 75 per cent.
- Growth in the percentage of births attended to by skilled health personnel from 80 to 93 per cent.
- Increase in recruitment of trained village health workers from 61 to 73 percent
- Formation of a broad-based alliance against child marriage by UNICEF, the Zimbabwe government, UN agencies and NGOs, to promote Sustainable Development Goals and which also led to the development of a National Action Plan to End Child Marriages in Zimbabwe.
As we move forward we are confident that strategic and intense resource mobilization, combined with efficient and results-oriented programming, will buttress our achievements for children.
We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfilment of children’s rights in Zimbabwe since 1982. We work closely with the government, with whom we have signed a Basic Cooperation Agreement, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and sister agencies of the United Nations, and the private sector to deliver much-needed assistance to children and women.
Over the years, UNICEF has played a key role in expanding access to education, improving child survival, drawing global attention to the impact of war and conflict on children, and formulating international standards of behavior towards children, which culminated in the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly in 1989.