UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa: UNICEF programming reaches vulnerable children and families in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Nearly 170 million people in Eastern and Southern Africa need humanitarian support due to conflict, poverty, food insecurity and climate change, among other threats to the health, safety and well being of children and families.
Hundreds of thousands of children, women and families in the region are displaced or living as refugees.
The needs in the region are enormous. According to UNICEF’s estimates:
more than 22 million people need help to get sufficient food and nutrition
over 93 million people need help getting adequate health care
some 40 million people need help access safe water
more than 42 million children need help getting an education
UNICEF’s work focuses on delivering lifesaving services to those affected by climatic shocks — such as prolonged drought — and responding to disease outbreaks and other emergencies. UNICEF is also addressing the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, working with partners to ensure the continuity of essential services.
Learn more about UNICEF's global Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) plan for 2022 and why $9.4 billion emergency funding appeal to assist 177 million children affected by conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19 is its largest ever — and UNICEF's HAC for the Eastern and Southern Africa region.
Top photo: Friends sit by a UNICEF-supplied mosquito net in Bienythiang, in Akoka county, Upper Nile state, South Sudan. ©UNICEF/UN0359995/Naftalin