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UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS. As a not-for-profit organisation, UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions.

In South Africa, UNICEF's action for children focuses on multiple areas - all of which combine to ensure that a child has the best chance in life, from birth all the way through to the teenage years.



Working in partnership with government and civil society partners, UNICEF's work in South Africa includes programmes in:

  • Child and maternal health
  • Nutrition
  • Quality education and adolescent development
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Child protection
  • Orphans and vulnerable children
  • Social policy and advocacy

Emergency response
Whether in war-torn countries or those ravaged by disaster, UNICEF responds to around 250 emergencies every year, in about 80 countries.
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