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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was originally established in 1946 to provide clothing, food and healthcare to children left ravaged by war.
UNICEF’s commitment to Belize dates back to 1954. Environmental health, vector control, school feeding and the provision of primary school textbooks and supplies were a part of the response in the early decades of engagement.





PROGRAMME 1 FOCUS AREAS PRESENT REALITIES...
Project 1
Young child survival and development
- Safe Motherhood
- Baby Friendly Hospitals
- Nutrition
- Hygiene
- Child Stimulation
- 90 babies die before reaching age 5 annually.
- Only 10% of babies in Belize are exclusively breastfed.
- Twice as many HIV positive women are becoming pregnant.

Project 2
Quality ECD
and Education
- Quality Early Education
- Quality Education
- Water and Sanitation
- Positive Child Discipline
- Bi-lingual Education
Less than one in three children participate in early childhood education.
- Only 4 of 10 children complete Primary school on time.
- Four in 10 primary school leavers do not go on to secondary school.


PROGRAMME 2 FOCUS AREAS PRESENT REALITIES...
Project 1
HIV/AIDS Protection and Care

- Care and Support
- Outreach to Families
- PMTCT
- HIV prevalence rate of 2.1% is highest in Central America.
- Voluntarily testing for HIV down by 44% over last 5 years.
- A third of all HIV+ pregnant women are age 15-24.
- One in five births is to a teen mother.
- Belize’s crime rate almost two times the Caribbean.
Protective Environments - Behaviour Change Communication
- Positive Adolescent Development
- Child Protection



PROGRAMME 3 FOCUS AREAS PRESENT REALITIES...
Policy - Social Information System
- Social Investment
- Policy Observatory
- Policy drives changes
- Conditional Cash Transfers
- Planning and Governance Practices
- Inadequate levels of data dis-aggregation to inform policy development and national planning.
- Lack of systematic Monitoring and Evaluation.
- Major distortions in targeting mechanisms.
- Weak culture of Results-based management.
- Inadequate return on social investments.
- Corruption Index of 2.9.

Human Rights Promotion - Human Rights Promotion
- Indigenous Children's Rights
- Community members not addressing access and equity by demanding their human rights.
- Excluded populations not equitably targeted by duty bearers.