UNICEF is the United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF works in the world's toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children and young people. We work in over 190 countries and territories around the world – no other organisation has UNICEF's experience, expertise and reach.

Every child is born with fundamental human rights, but conflict, disease, exploitation and poor education keep millions of children from reaching their full potential.

UNICEF fights for every child's right to survive and thrive into adulthood.

UNICEF's mission is to create a better world, by advocating for the protection of children's rights. To do this, we bring people together: governments, donors, humanitarian agencies, businesses and children themselves.

This is what UNICEF does, every day, for all children around the world. We want health, education, a fair go and protection for every child.


UNICEF has nutrition programmes in 130 countries, including in South Sudan. We work with communities to help prevent malnutrition, ensuring children (and mothers) have access to nutritious, safe, affordable and sustainable food. We prioritise the early detection, treatment and care of malnourished children, helping them to survive, recover, and go on to live healthy lives.

UNICEF is the world’s largest provider of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF). This is the fastest and most effective way to treat children suffering from malnutrition. Each packet contains all the nutrients, minerals and vitamins a growing child needs. And 3 packets a day, for 6-8 weeks, can save the life of a child with severe acute malnutrition.

Find out more about UNICEF's work for children here