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Partnering to Save Lives

UNICEF and Canada have a long history of partnering to improve the health and wellbeing of children around the world. The Government of Canada has consistently been one of the top 10 donors of UNICEF. In 2018, Canada was amongst UNICEF’s top 10 donors contributing US$12 million to UNICEF’s regular resources, and US$135 million to UNICEF’s development and emergency responses.

Canada is funding projects that address some of the most urgent needs of women and children in the areas of healthcare and immunization, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and protection from violence and harm.

Global Affairs Canada leads Canada’s international efforts to reduce poverty in developing countries and provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in crisis.

For an up-to-date list of current projects, visit Global Affairs Canada’s International Development Project Browser.

Saving Children’s Lives

Canada is a world leader in empowering women and girls in international development, including reducing maternal and child mortality. With the support of the Government of Canada and the 25th Team, UNICEF and partners are strengthening local health systems, improving nutrition, and preventing and treating deadly disease. Together, UNICEF and Canada are empowering women and saving lives in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Namibia and Peru.


Eliminating Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

The Canadian government committed funding toward eliminating Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus, a deadly disease affecting women and children in developing countries. The government matched every dollar raised by UNICEF Canada and Kiwanis Canada up to $2.5 million to address MNTE in Chad, Kenya, Pakistan, South Sudan and Sudan. Read more »