Programs and Operations of UNICEF

UNICEF and partners worldwide provide programs and oversee operations that have been directed either toward specific causes or generally to improve health, nutrition, security, or other needs. These programs include:

  • The Oneworld Alliance for UNICEF, which is a partnership with airline companies who show in-flight UNICEF videos, collect donations from passengers, and ship emergency supplies.
  • Rotary International supports and funds the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and National Immunization Days, a program of the United States Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.
  • The Kiwanis Worldwide Service Project focuses on iodine deficiency disorders. As a result, 70 percent of all households worldwide have iodized salt, a significant step toward improvement of the nutritional and health status of children.
  • Check Out for Children is a program in place in hotels outside of North America where guests are invited to donate $1 to UNICEF. In celebration of the success of this program and the five million dollars contributed since inception, a Give Me Five (for $5 donations) program has been launched in Europe, Africa, India, and the Middle East.
  • The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has partnered with UNICEF to support implementation of the Convention malaria: disease caused by infection with Plasmodium, a single-celled protozoon, transmitted by mosquitoes vaccine: medicine that promotes immune system resistance by stimulating preexisting cells to become active hepatitis: liver inflammation diphtheria: infectious disease caused by Cornybacterium diphtheriae, causing damage to the heart and other organs

Six thousand people, many of them children, die every day from infections caused by contaminated water. UNICEF responds to this situation by educating people about water safety and helping people secure their water supplies. [Photograph by Liba Taylor. Corbis. Reproduced by permission.]

on the Rights of the Child. FIFA projects include the sale of notebooks, t-shirts, backpacks, and other items with FIFA and UNICEF logos that focus on children's rights to education, health care, and play.

  • UNICEF greeting card and product sales have accounted for over $1 billion in revenues to support UNICEF programs.
  • Global Movement for Children is a program to assist children in war-torn areas and to protect at-risk children from sexual exploitation and violence.
  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF, on National UNICEF Day (October 31), raises awareness of UNICEF programs and the importance of ongoing support through volunteerism and contributions.

In summary, UNICEF funds programs and provide unique partnerships to eradicate disease, improve the health and nutritional status of children, and to make the world a better place for children to grow and develop. Other efforts to educate girls, improve children's working conditions, and establish housing and security in impoverished and war-torn environments have been addressed and supported. More work is needed, however, as the future of the global community depends, in part, on the health and well-being its children. see also Oral Rehydration Therapy; World Health Organization (WHO).

Ruth A. Waibel

Internet Resources

  1. "Annual Report, 2000." Available from <>
  2. "The Progress of Nations, 2000." Available from < pon00>
  3. "The State of the World's Children, 2001." Available from <http://www.>

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