Our work spans countries and territories across Latin America, promoting the rights and welfare of vulnerable children and adolescents in all that we do.
What we seek to achieve at UNICEF is more important than ever before, as children face problems of gang violence, poverty and economic instability throughout the region. As a result, many are forced upon the arduous journey of migration, and in doing so are robbed of their childhood.
With the likes of Venezuela experiencing unprecedented economic hardship and extreme malnutrition, gang-related violence and organised crime in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, we rise up to the challenge of reintegrating children, providing them with a basic education and reuniting them with their families.
Millions of families are making the painful decision of leaving home, migrating on foot and crossing borders – all to flee poverty and violence.
Such instability is proven to have detrimental effects on the wellbeing of a child, with the UNICEF Child Alert report showing that dangerous journeys and deportations intensify causes of irregular migration.
We work hard to understand the root causes of irregular migration from northern Central America and Mexico, and seek to provide basic services to allow children to thrive, regardless of their gender or age.
The movement of children in such masses means that remote rural regions and impoverished urban areas in South and Central America lack the health services that children need.
With one child dying every 20 seconds from a disease preventable by vaccine, our work in Central and South America is of paramount importance. Our global efforts involve reaching the children in the most remote of locations and increasingly, those on the move.
We purchase vaccines and improve the cold chain to ensure that vaccines are kept at a constant cool temperature, and seek to educate families about the importance of child vaccinations.
The political upheaval in Venezuela has seen the worst migrant crisis in the history of the region – and large numbers of children and adults suffering from hunger. As one of the world’s leading regions in producing and exporting food, we believe that food security should not be an issue.
Food shortages in Venezuela have resulted from high inflation, causing an increase in child mortality and malnutrition. UNICEF collaborates with national ministries and organisations to promote breastfeeding and provide nutritional recuperation services with high-calorie foods.
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