united nations INTERNATIONAL children’s EMERGENCY FUND (unicef)
CHAIR: AINE CRINION
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is a humanitarian and development agency that works towards defending rights for every child around the globe. These rights include having safe shelter, protection, education, nutrition, clean water, and health care. UNICEF has a global presence and collaborates with leaders and policy makers to help all children, especially those who are disadvantaged.
topic a: antenatal/neonatal care
Although great strides have been made to improve maternal health, only half of the women in the world receive the necessary antenatal care recommended by the World Health Organization and millions of births still occur without the assistance of a skilled assistant. Insufficient antenatal and maternal care not only harms the mother but can also jeopardize the life of the infant. Considering the first year, especially the first month, is the most vulnerable time of a child’s life, it is imperative to improve access to quality medical facilities and services that protect the lives of these children, especially those in developing countries. By ensuring proper maternal and neonatal care, countries will be able to better provide care for their children.
topic b: refugee children
Today, over 50 million children have been uprooted from their homes due to violent conflict or extreme hunger. Facing dangerous journeys, a lack of food, and unsanitary living conditions, these children are forced to grow up too soon. Considering that refugee children are more than five times more likely to be out of school than other children, they cannot gain the education necessary to ensure future success when or if they return to their home countries. Therefore, it is imperative that all countries prioritize the care of these children as they face their uncertain futures.