Through country offices, UNICEF programmes works to assist the country in realizing the rights of children, as laid out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF’s work in Bhutan started in 1974 with support to rural water supply. Over the years UNICEF has strongly supported and closely assisted the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) to bring about significant improvement in the lives of people, particularly children, youth and women in Bhutan.

UNICEF continues to support the RGoB on social fronts relevant to children, youth and women, such as: health and nutrition (neonatal, child and maternal), water, sanitation, hygiene, HIV/AIDS, education (early learning, primary, secondary, including special education needs, and non‐formal education), child protection, gender issues, adult literacy, child and adolescent participation, social and behavior change communication, and disaster response and preparedness in health and education.

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