PROTECTING EVERY CHILD’S RIGHT TO HEALTH
UNICEF envisions a world where no child dies from a preventable cause.
With the help of our global, national and community partners, our areas of work in children’s health include supporting immunization programs, strengthening health systems and protecting mental health.
Tremendous progress in child and maternal health has been achieved over the past decade. More children survive to celebrate their fifth birthday, while fewer women lose their lives during pregnancy and childbirth.
But more work is needed to ensure that children have what they need to be healthy. Millions of mothers and children are still dying from preventable and treatable causes. Communicable and non-communicable diseases, mental health conditions, injuries and environmental hazards continue to pose threats to children worldwide.
In 2022, thanks to your support:
MORE WORK IS NEEDED TO IMPROVE CHILDREN’S HEALTH
- Vaccination rates are at their lowest level in 30 years.
- Over 5 million children died before their fifth birthday in 2021.
- A child dies of pneumonia every 43 seconds.
How UNICEF SUPPORTS CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
From supporting immunization programs to strengthening health systems, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children grow up healthy and happy.
With the help of our donors and partners, UNICEF reaches almost half the world’s children with life-saving vaccines every year. We work with our partners to support immunization programs in over 100 countries to protect children against deadly infectious diseases like polio and measles.
We are also working alongside governments and community partners to strengthen health systems so that all children, and women of reproductive age, have access to affordable, quality health care. Strong health systems turn vaccines into vaccinations, and protect children from illness, environmental hazards and the effects of humanitarian emergencies.
Additionally, UNICEF works to prevent all forms of malnutrition by improving children’s and women’s access to nutritious, safe, affordable and sustainable diets.
Learn more about UNICEF'S work to improve children's health:
Vaccines have safely reduced preventable deadly diseases like polio and tetanus, and even eradicated smallpox. Our immunization campaigns against measles, cholera and COVID-19 have helped protect the health of many children and families. UNICEF is working to ensure that every child, regardless of where they live, has access to the vaccines they need to survive and thrive.