Fast facts

1.3 million

Children still grow up separated from their families in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Quote of the month

We support the continuum of care: everything from trying to support vulnerable families so they don’t have to relinquish their children; to permanent foster care; to having a child with his or her extended family on a permanent basis.

Susan Bissel, UNICEF Chief of Child Protection

Committing to Child Survival: A promise Renewed

In many countries of the region under five mortality is 50–100 percent higher in families in the poorest wealth quintile compared to the richest.

The CEECIS region accounts for only one per cent of the global death toll on pneumonia and diarrhea. Governments with support from UNICEF, WHO and other partners carried out effective programmes to address pneumonia and diarrhoea which led to substantial decreases in child death in the 22 countries and entities that make up this region. This has been reported in 'Committing to Child Survival: A Promised Renewed' (2012).