Partner since 2013

The humanitarian efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and provide opportunities for service. The Church follows the admonition of Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked and visit the sick and afflicted. 

Since 2013, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and UNICEF have partnered to provide health and nutrition services, emergency response, and Early Childhood Education for millions of the world’s most vulnerable children and their families, to ensure they are able to survive and thrive.

Strengthening health systems 

In August 2023, the Church committed to providing $10 million to UNICEF to support health system strengthening efforts in the Central African Republic (CAR), Haiti, Mali and Mozambique.

This works allows UNICEF and the Church to build on results achieved following the Church’s $20 million commitment to the COVID-19 response – a partnership that allowed UNICEF to scale up efforts to strengthen countries' cold chains and supply chains, train health workers, address misinformation about vaccines and build vaccine confidence.

With the Church’s most recent commitment to health system strengthening, UNICEF can improve health infrastructure and human resources, ultimately supporting the health outcomes for mothers and children in 4 countries where rates of maternal and infant mortality are especially high.

In CAR and Mozambique, UNICEF will focus its work in regions with many children have not received any immunizations, leaving them vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. In Haiti and Mali, UNICEF will deliver essential support to hospitals and health districts with high neonatal mortality rates and poor health services.

Together, these programs will reach mothers, children and their communities with access to better, more resilient health care services.

“We are pleased to work together with UNICEF as we strive to create a world where every woman and child is cherished, protected and empowered,” said the Church’s Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé. 

Supporting child nutrition

In September 2022, the Church committed $5 million to support No Time to Waste, UNICEF's global initiative to address childhood malnutrition and help meet Sustainable Development Goals' targets on child wasting.

UNICEF’s No Time to Waste plan includes a package of measures seeking to better understand why and where children become wasted; increase access to services children and women need to prevent wasting; improve early detection; and scale community-based treatment, including access to Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food.

The Child Nutrition Fund (CNF) is a new financing mechanism designed to accelerate the scale-up of sustainable policies, programs and supplies to end child wasting.

The pivotal support from The Church to the CNF proved essential in reaching communities grappling with nutrition crises, empowering mothers and caregivers, expanding community access to treatment for child wasting, incentivizing national investments in Ready-to-Use, Therapeutic Food (RUTF), and fostering the development of tools, research, and guidance necessary for sustaining positive change in children's lives over the long term. The $1 million contribution from The Church allowed UNICEF to expand the reach of the Nutrition Match Instrument (formerly called the RUTF Match Fund) in 2022 and 2023.

Since its launch, the Match Instrument has disbursed over $15 million in match funding to 13 countries: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Timor Leste, Uganda and Zambia.

Long-term Immunization and education programs for children

Since 2014, the Church has supported UNICEF and partner efforts as part of the Global Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) Elimination Initiative to provide vaccines to women of reproductive age, health education and birth attendants training.

By combining funding and expertise, the partnership has tackled polio and measles, helping countries develop routine immunization services and prevent and suppress disease outbreaks in Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar and Myanmar. 

In 2018, the Church provided the seed funding for Learning for Life, a multi-country program designed to meet Early Childhood Development (ECD) and education needs of refugee children. Quality ECD services provide children with nutrition, stimulation and protection for optimal brain development; a sense of stability and normalcy; and safe spaces to learn and play.

Long-term, ECD programs also help equip children and youth with the skills and life opportunities they need to break cycles of poverty and violence.

Since its inception, Learning for Life has scaled to reach refugee children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda with the following impact:

  • some 3,000 ECD staffers received training on child-centered learning and inclusive education

  • 60,000 parents were informed on child development and caregiving best practices

  • over 8,000 out-of-school children have been reached with alternative learning programs, catch-up classes that provide a pathway for returning to formal education

  • more than 120,000 children now have access to quality ECD programs and education

Supporting emergency response

The Church supports UNICEF's humanitarian action for children in the wake of natural disasters, civil unrest, food insecurity and protracted crises. UNICEF has received emergency funding from The Church to provide critical programs in education, health, nutrition and WASH in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and others.

Funding from the Church also supported UNICEF's emergency response in The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian and UNICEF USA's domestic response in Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey.

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