Children Smiling

In Africa and Around the World, UNICEF Is Changing Children's Lives

War. Drought. Famine.

We can give the children of Africa the support and protection they need. We can bring nutrition, health care, education — and hope.

Below, some highlights of the important work UNICEF is doing to help the children of Africa reach their full potential:


  •  UNICEF delivers ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to millions of children at risk of starvation across Africa, including countries hit with unprecedented food emergencies such as Somalia, South Sudan and regions of Nigeria plagued by Boko Haram
  • In 2017, UNICEF reached 3.1 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition around the world


  • In Ethiopia (above), UNICEF worked with partners to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, saving newborns from a painful, preventable death
  •  In Burundi, where nearly half the population has no access to safe water and is so vulnerable to disease that the life expectancy is 43, UNICEF USA and Beyoncé's BeyGood4Burundi teamed up to build new water pumps across the country

Class is in session at a UNICEF-supported safe space for children in a camp for internally displaced people in Maiduguri, Nigeria.


  • A staggering number of children across Africa have been missing out on one of their basic rights in life: an education. UNICEF's Education in Emergency initiative in South Sudan provides safe spaces and educational materials to help displaced and refugee children to get back to learning
  • In Nigeria (above), where almost 1,400 schools have been destroyed since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009, UNICEF opened 38 temporary learning spaces, distributed 92,000 packs of educational supplies. More than 525,000 students have been enrolled in school this year alone.

Changing lives. Saving lives. This is hope.

UNICEF takes proven, low-cost methods that save children’s lives and makes them available regardless of income, ethnicity or location.

When you support UNICEF, you give mothers and children hope for the future. And your money goes to help the children who need help most.

89% of every dollar UNICEF USA spends goes directly to programs that help kids survive and thrive.