Quote of the month

Quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labour exploitation and disease, and given them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential.

Audrey Hepburn, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1988–1993

Fast facts

A 56% decline

In under 5 mortality rate was recorded in the CEECIS region from 1990 to 2011.

International organizations

The United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA has operated in Uzbekistan since 1993. Its past and current programmes focus on improving quality reproductive healthcare, increasing support for health reform, improving sexual and reproductive health, incorporating population factors into national and regional development plans, and enhancing population data collection, analysis and research. UNFPA partners with UNICEF in the fields of maternal and child health, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Website: http://unfpa.uz

The United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime

The UNODC Regional Office in Uzbekistan assists Central Asian countries in reducing the use and trade of illicit drugs, fighting organised crime and terrorism, and preventing HIV/AIDS. UNODC maintains close working relations with all law enforcement governmental bodies, and is engaged in the legal aspects of child protection. UNODC partners with UNICEF in addressing child protection issues.

Website: http://www.unodc.org

The United Nations Development Programme

The UNDP Country Office in Uzbekistan was established in 1993, and has since focused its work on the fields of economic governance, democratic governance, and environment and energy, while advocating for the Human Development approach. UNDP partners with UNICEF in decentralisation and local planning, social protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support, and the improvement of national statistics collection and analysis.

Website: http://www.uz.undp.org/uzbekistan/en/home.html

The World Health Organization

WHO opened its country office in Uzbekistan in 1992, and has since then worked in five strategic areas. These include strengthening the national health system’s performance, improving the control and management of communicable diseases, improving maternal and child health, preventing and managing non-communicable diseases, and fostering environmental safety. WHO partners with UNICEF within the fields of maternal and child health and health system performance, focusing on primary healthcare, equity, immunisation and nutrition.

Website: http://www.who.int

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The mission of the UNESCO office in Tashkent is to enhance Uzbekistan’s educational, scientific and cultural sectors by disseminating and sharing information and knowledge regarding national achievements in these fields. UNESCO partners with UNICEF in the fields of education and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Website: http://www.unesco.org

The European Union/European Commission

EU-financed country projects in Uzbekistan have provided support to criminal justice reform, the improvement of social services (in particular those related to maternal/child health), rural development, and the strengthening of civil society. The European Union/European Commission partners with UNICEF Uzbekistan within the fields of maternal and child health, emergency preparedness and social sector development.

Website: http://ec.europa.eu

The World Bank

The World Bank has been present in Uzbekistan since 1992, whose support has focused on the key areas of improving access to safe water, the national health system, incomes in rural areas, education, and environmental protection. The World Bank partners with UNICEF Uzbekistan in the health, education and social policy sectors.

Website: http://www.worldbank.org

The Asian Development Bank

Active in Uzbekistan since 1995, ADB has directed its assistance towards tailoring the pace and direction of reforms undertaken by the government, and its work has had a positive impact on basic education, agriculture, transport and infrastructure. ADB partners with UNICEF Uzbekistan within the fields of early childhood development, maternal and child health, and education reform.

Website: http://www.adb.org

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Project

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created in 2002 to develop resources in the fight against the three pandemics. It encourages partnerships between the government, civil society, the private sector and communities living with the diseases. The UNDP ‘Continuing Scale Up of the Response to HIV with Particular Focus on Most At Risk Populations and Strengthening System and Capacity for Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care in Uzbekistan’ project, funded by the Global Fund, partners with UNICEF in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support, with a focus on women and children.

Website: http://www.theglobalfund.org

KfW Entwicklungsbank

KfW has managed German Financial Cooperation with Uzbekistan since 1993, and its work has focused on sustainable economic development, health care, rail transport modernisation, private sector promotion, and a financial sector programme. In the health field KfW has worked to improve tuberculosis control, family planning and mother-child health care, the latter through providing technical equipment, introducing modern health care methods, improving medical staff qualifications and promoting modern family planning methods. KfW partners with UNICEF in the above health fields.

Website: https://www.kfw-entwicklungsbank.de