UNICEF is the
United Nations Children's Fund, the world's leading international
development organisation working for children.
Children are the most
vulnerable members of any community and have very special needs. UNICEF's
work places all children firmly first, regardless of politics, religion,
race or colour. Assistance is given solely on the basis of need. The
United Nations has stated 'mankind owes to the child the best it has
to give', for children are our most precious resource, our future.
UNICEF is very active
in Uganda and following the years of turbulence, UNICEF is supporting
the government in providing health care and education to the large
number of young people in the country. The projects are very diverse
but include, immunisation, providing vaccines and training health
workers to educate parents on the need to vaccinate their children.
Scouts and Guides in Uganda work with UNICEF to promote this important
message and UNICEF sponsor an immunisation badge.
Other projects are 'Health
Education for AIDS prevention' promoting oral rehydration therapy
and providing teachers with health kits on immunisation, AIDS, diarrhoeal
diseases and water and sanitation.
In 1990 world Leaders and
heads of state from 71 Countries came together and made a solemn promise
to 'give every child a better future'.
Major goals were set for the year 2000.
By taking part in Unite,
you and your Beaver Scouts can help make these goals become a reality.
- Reduction of infant
and under five mortality rate by one third or to 50 and 70 per 1,000
live births respectively.
- Reduction by half of
maternal mortality rate.
- Reduction of severe
and moderate malnutrition among under five's by half.
- Safe drinking water
and sanitation for all.
- Universal access to
basic education and completion of primary education by at least
80% of children.
- Reduction of adult,
especially female, illiteracy.
- Improved protection
of children in especially difficult circumstances, such as abandoned,
working and street children and children in war.