The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, UNICEF and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.
Through the efforts of UNICEF and its partners, significant strides have been made in the fight for the survival and development of the world's most vulnerable children. The number of polio cases worldwide has fallen from an estimated 350,000 in 1988 to fewer than 1,300 in 2010 — a more than 99 percent decrease in reported cases. Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) has been eliminated in 27 countries since the global initiative to stamp out MNT relaunched in 1999. Deaths from measles declined by 78 percent worldwide since 2000.