Fast facts

67 million children

Were not attending primary school in 2011, 53 per cent girls.

Quote of the month

So while we are on the verge of eliminating mother-to-child transmission in the next few years, if we remain focused, we also need to remember that the second decade of a child’s life, the adolescent phase, is critically important. We believe that children have the right to be born HIV-free and to remain HIV-free through to adulthood.

Craig McClure, UNICEF Chief of HIV/AIDS

Children and adolescents

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Over 20 years ago, people from nations around the world decided that all children and teenagers should live happy, healthy and safe lives. They decided that all young people should be helped when they are hurt or sick, should be able to study in schools, should be safe from war and violence, and should be able to play as well as doing homework and chores. They decided that young people should enjoy these ‘rights’, no matter where in the world they live, and in the end they wrote and signed a document called the ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’.

The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, is an organisation that makes sure that the ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’ is understood and followed by people around the world. It makes sure that young people everywhere, including those living here in Uzbekistan, can be happy, healthy and safe.

This part of the ‘UNICEF in Uzbekistan’ website has been made so that children and teenagers can learn about what UNICEF is doing to help young people in Uzbekistan. It also talks about how you can help make sure that your own friends, brothers, sisters and neighbours can be happy and safe – there are easy things you can do that can make a big difference.