Health Desk- 19 Sep 2020: The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF on Friday signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts.
The new Strategic Collaboration Framework builds on a robust 70-year collaboration between the two organizations, and prioritizes four strategic areas for immediate attention and action at all levels of the organizations.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, ‘At the heart of our work with UNICEF is seeing that every child not only survives but ultimately thrives and transforms their communities and future generations’.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said, ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge gaps in accessing health, well-being and nutrition services among children and vulnerable populations’.
Worldwide WHO and UNICEF have been working together for the last 70 years to ensure children survive and thrive, and benefit from a safe and clean environment. The two organizations collaborated to provide high-impact health, immunization, nutrition, HIV and early child development interventions, as well as safe water and sanitation services in every region of the world, including in fragile and conflict settings.