Achieving Zero

Steady progress is being made toward zero preventable child deaths.

Over the last 50 years, UNICEF and its partners have helped reduce the worldwide child mortality rate by more than half. Today, 10,000 fewer children die daily than was the case twenty years ago. Through children’s health initiatives and feeding programs to fight malnutrition, UNICEF has contributed to this marked improvement in child survival.

Less than 3 decades ago, only 5 percent of the world’s children were immunized against six of the top killer diseases. Today the rate of child immunization coverage is over 80 percent, with 118 countries achieving 90 percent rates of vaccination.

In the last 2 decades alone, UNICEF has helped over 1.2 billion people get access to clean drinking water, preventing the deaths of more than 4,000 children under age 5 every day.

UNICEF’s strategies are working

  • in Afghanistan, where UNICEF has helped launched the first-ever Vaccination Week;
  • in Sierra Leone, where medical fees for mothers and children have been abolished;
  • in Benin, where education is an effective tool against malnutrition;
  • in Guatemala, where UNICEF is fighting food insecurity with Project Sprinkles;

and in more than 150 countries around the world.


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