UNICEF has been working closely with the Government of India for nearly 70 years, helping children realize their dreams and give them a best start in life
1949: India’s first Penicillin plant
UNICEF began their work in India and established India’s first Penicillin plant. It was the first public sector undertaking in the Drugs & Pharmaceutical Sector
1954: White Revolution in India
UNICEF in association with the Government of India funded the Aarey and Anand milk processing plants in 1954. Joining hands with the Kaira Union (known as AMUL) back in1954, UNICEF became a part of the White Revolution in India
1966: Bihar Drought
UNICEF played a major role in providing relief to drought- stricken Bihar. With around 60 million people suffering from acute food and water shortage, UNICEF supported the Bihar government with drilling rigs that made clean drinking water accessible to them
1970: The Water Revolution
UNICEF provided technical support to the Government of India to establish the largest rural water supply programme in the world and brought about The Water Revolution in India
1975: Integrated Child Development Services
UNICEF became the technical partner for the Government of India’s Integrated Child Development Services scheme in 1970 to improve nutrition, reduce stunting and improved infant mortality rates for children under six as well as expectant and nursing mothers. Today the scheme reaches more than 39 million children in India
1983: Guinea Worm Eradication Programme
UNICEF supported India's Guinea Worm Eradication Programme to rid the country of an agonising disease caused by Guinea worms
1985: National Mission on Immunization
UNICEF supported India's National Mission on Immunization and succeeded in increasing immunization coverage of children under one to 80%
1991: Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control Programme
UNICEF supported India’s National Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control Programme to combat the rampant Iodine deficiency disorder in children and adolescents that became a global standard
1999: Super Cyclone in Orissa
UNICEF coordinated relief for more than 1.7 million children in Orissa during the Super Cyclone in Orissa that killed more than 10,000 people and uprooted millions.
2001: Gujarat Earthquake
UNICEF supported the efforts to revitalize the education system with modern learning tools and methodologies for 3 million children affected by the earthquake
2004: Tsunami Relief
UNICEF provided relief and raised the standard of child-centred services after more than 12,400 people were killed and millions displaced by the disaster
2009: Right to Education
UNICEF joined hands with the Government of India’s Right to Education Act that marked a historic moment for the children of India and served as a building block to ensure that every child (6-14 years) has a right to quality elementary education based on principles of equity and non-discrimination
Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) & Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO)
UNICEF supported India’s Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) that helped secure the safety of children and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), formulated in 2012, that helped address sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.
2012: Polio Campaign
UNICEF’s Polio Campaign helped India to become polio free. Successfully reducing Polio cases from 559 in 2008 to zero cases in 2012, Polio eradication in India was one of the biggest examples of the success that was achieved through perseverance and commitment of millions of frontline workers.
2015: Swachh Bharat Mission
UNICEF supported India’s Swachh Bharat Mission campaign that aims to make India open defecation free by 2019 and help reduce deaths and stunting due to infections arising from defecating in the open. UNICEF has also worked tirelessly to make WASH in Schools in India, a national priority, therefore addressing the root cause of infections and diseases in children.