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          The United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) was created in 1946 to help children in wartorn Europe, China, and the Middle East. By 1953, UNICEF had spread all throughout the developing world. 


          UNICEF's work is now carried out in 192 countries. There are seven regional UNICEF offices as well as country offices worldwide. UNICEF's headquarters is in New York. 


           UNICEF's mission statement was created by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF insistats that the survival, protection, and development of children are universal development imperatives that are integral to human progress. 








        UNICEF's primary areas of work include child survival and development, HIV/AIDs and children, child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse, basic education and gender equality, and policy advocacy. 


        Over the years UNICEF has and continues to advocate for countries in the developing world and the people in need. They recognize that the developing countries have a long list of problems and needs and UNICEF feels it is their job to let the rest of the world know what is going on and how they can help. 





UNICEF's Focus



           Recent facts show that 16,000 children die every day, mostly from preventable or treatable causes. Currently, 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. Out of an estimated 35 million people living with HIV, over 2 million are 10 to 19 years old, and 56% of them are girls. 


       UNICEF continues to gather these statistics so they can see what areas of the world need the most help. They also continue to get the word out to people all over the world of how they can help through volunteering or financial support. 


       Even though there is still a great need for help in the developing world, the need would be far greater without organizations like UNICEF. 

UNICEF's Impact