The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is active in more than 190 countries through country programmes and National Committees. It is a driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized.

The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF believes that every child should have clean water, food, health care, education, and a safe environment in which to grow up.

UNICEF’s work in Bhutan started in 1974 with support to the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation programme. Over the years, UNICEF has expanded its support to the Royal Government and its partners to improve the lives of children, youth and women in Bhutan. Based on the core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) — Survival, Development, Protection and Participation — UNICEF Bhutan works on four key programme areas with strong focus on equity and inclusion. These include health, nutrition and sanitationquality educationchild protection & youth participation; and planning, monitoring and communication for advocacy and promotion of behavioural and social change communication. HIV/AIDS prevention and care and gender are cross-cutting elements of the programme.

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