United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Maintained/created by: United Nations
Website: http://www.unicef.org/
Geographic unit of data: International

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Users can obtain demographic, maternal and child health, and development information regarding countries with whom UNICEF works.

UNICEF (United Nations Children Fund) is a non-governmental agency that works with governments, national and international agencies and communities to reduce the cycle of poverty in more than 150 countries and territories. UNICEF’s programs address child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, gender-equitable quality basic education, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS. Topics include: country demographics, basic health, HIV/AIDS, education, and economics, among others.

Database Capabilities
Users can obtain information regarding countries with whom UNICEF works. UNICEF provides a background of each country; indicators such as country demographics, basic health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, education, economics, child protection, women’s health and status, and rate of progress; information regarding UNICEF initiatives in the country; and news regarding current events relevant to the well-being of its residents, the impact of UNICEF and similar programs, as well as the impact of epidemics, natural disaster and political conflicts on children. Users can obtain country summaries and health indicators for each country. Maps can be downloaded as PDF files.

Data Notes
Data are derived from multiple sources including: UNICEF, the United Nations Population Division, United Nations Statistics Division, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UNESCO Institute of Statistics (including Demographic Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Education for All 2000 Assessment), World Health Organization (WHO), Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, US Census Bureau, HIV/AIDS Surveillance Database, Behavioral Surveillance Surveys (BSS), Reproductive Health Surveys (RHS), International Telecommunications Union, Yearbook of Statistics, Children on the Brink, World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and national household surveys and routine reporting systems. Years to which the data apply is noted with the relevant indicator. Data updates vary according to indicator, and can be found under the “Definitions and Data Source” tab. Information is available on the country level.