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.

A region rife with conflict, poverty and other threats

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.

Children play soccer during a UNICEF-organized educational activity during a rapid response mission in Thonyor, Leer county, South Sudan. UNICEF works with partners to reach the most vulnerable children caught in conflict and other crises with a range of services and support — in health, child protection, education, nutrition, water and sanitation — while also establishing a framework for longer-term access to disaster-affected areas. ©UNICEF/UN055447/Modola

Learn more about UNICEF's work in the Eastern and Southern Africa region

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.

Top photo: Friends sit by a UNICEF-supplied mosquito net in Bienythiang, in Akoka county, Upper Nile state, South Sudan. ©UNICEF/UN0359995/Naftalin