UNICEF in Bolivia

An Equal Chance for Every Child

A Snapshot of How UNICEF is Building a Future for Bolivia’s
Most Vulnerable Children.

In Bolivia’s remote rural communities and urban slums, the country’s most vulnerable children struggle with contaminated water, malnutrition, illness, poor hygiene instruction, droughts, social conflict and displacement. Additionally, many rural and indigenous children face social exclusion, violence, negligence, abuse and exploitation. To protect these children’s rights, UNICEF and the Plurinational State of Bolivia developed the 2013–2017 Country Programme to keep children at the forefront of national and regional policies, programmes, and budgets and to address the geographic, social, cultural and gender disparities they face.

Bolivian children with disabilities face additional challenges such as discrimination, abuse and violence. As a result, they are often last in line to access vital services and resources available to their able-bodied peers. To make matters worse, they have limited access to education and opportunities to improve their lives. Our programming is designed to help uphold their rights and provide a quality education to help them overcome these barriers to greater inclusion in society.

Quality Social Services

Our programming will enable children, adolescents and mothers in the most disadvantaged communities of Bolivia to receive vital instruction in maternal/child health; HIV and AIDS; nutritional support and care; and safe hygiene practices to improve their quality of life. Families will also improve their access to safe drinking water. Children and adolescents will benefit from improved educational opportunities allowing them to attend culturally and age-appropriate schools at the early childhood, pre-school, primary and early secondary levels.

Protection of Children and Adolescents

Children and adolescents, especially the most vulnerable, need to be protected by a judicial framework that aligns with international standards. Giving them access to protection programmes and services, such as timely birth registration, will help prevent and protect them from violence, negligence, abuse and exploitation.

Providing the Knowledge to Promote the Rights of Children

Our research and programming will provide the necessary information and evidence to support the establishment of public policies, social protection systems, a legal framework, and budget allocations that protect vulnerable children, adolescents and women at both the national and regional level.