The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In its operations, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority.
Meeting Universal objectives for the child
Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF strives to establish children’s rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children. UNICEF insists that the survival, protection and development of children are integral to human progress. The activities of UNICEF help the International Community to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
As an Agency of the United Nations, UNICEF does not implement programmes but works in partnership with government and NGO partners. UNICEF mobilizes political will and material resources to help countries, particularly developing countries, ensure a “first call for children” and to build their capacity to form appropriate policies and deliver services for children and their families. In Malawi, UNICEF works with the Government of Malawi, national Institutions, civil society and the local communities to reach the most vulnerable children and women with assistance. We provide technical, material and financial support in the areas of health and nutrition; water and sanitation; basic education and youth development; child protection; social policy development; advocacy for child rights and development communication.
Priorities for Children
The work of UNICEF in Malawi is guided by the following priorities for children
- Young child survival and development
- Basic education and gender equality
- HIV/AIDS and children
- Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse
- Policy advocacy and partnerships for children’s rights
UNICEF works with the Government and other development partners, local NGOs and CBOs to address policy issues, build capacity and deliver services in the following programme areas:
- Health and Nutrition
UNICEF works to protect a Malawian child’s right to survival through four projects: Child Health; Women’s Health and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMCTC); Youth Friendly Health Services and Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Emergency Nutrition and support to Health Sector Reform.
- Basic Education
UNICEF helps Malawian children fulfill their right to education through four projects: Quality of Primary Education and HIV/AIDS prevention; Participation and Retention of Girls and Disadvantaged Children in Primary Education; Adolescent Development and Participation and Rights of the Girl Child, and support to Sector Reform.
- Care and Support to Orphans and Families affected by HIV/AIDS
UNICEF helps care for young orphans and families affected by HIV/AIDS through three projects: Community Child Care; Support to Orphans and Families and Child Protection.
- Water and Environmental Sanitation
UNICEF and its partners help improve hygiene habits and increase access to clean water and sanitation through three projects: Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion; School Sanitation, Hygiene Education and Life Skills Development. It also assists in Capacity Building for Sector Reform.
- Social Policy, Advocacy and Communications
UNICEF strives to put Children at the centre of development through this broad programme comprised of four projects: Social Policy and Advocacy; Monitoring and Evaluation, External Relations and Programme Communication.
NOTE: UNICEF recently launched their annual report for Malawi which has comprehensive information on their activities in Malawi. Click on this link for the report
For more information, visit www.unicef.org/malawi or contact us:
United Nations Children’s Fund
P.O Box 30375, Lilongwe, Malawi
Telephone: 01 770 770 or 01 770 788
Fax: 01 773 162