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UNICEF and FHI 360 renew global memorandum of understanding

August 11, 2011

ARLINGTON, VA — UNICEF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FHI 360 to strengthen cooperation and support in improving the lives of children and their families through policy, advocacy, programs and research in global health and development.

Through this collaboration, UNICEF and FHI 360 aim to expand their partnership that was first formalized with a global MOU in 2007. This partnership, which focused on accelerating programming responses for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Pediatric HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment, led to successful collaboration in over 21 countries.

This new MOU will facilitate joint UNICEF/FHI 360 efforts to strengthen programmatic responses for meeting all the Millennium Development Goals, particularly goals one through seven:

  • Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
  • Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
  • Goal 5: Improve maternal health
  • Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

With particular emphasis on reaching the poorest and most marginalized children and their families, this strategy will address underlying and basic causes of disparities in access to essential services and support among the most disadvantaged groups.

This partnership aims to achieve greater impact and synergy by leveraging the comparative advantages and resources of UNICEF and FHI 360 at country, regional and global levels. The overarching objective is to align joint efforts with country-level priorities, thereby ensuring that the collaboration leads to measurable results for vulnerable children and their families.

Through this MOU, both organizations hope to collaborate in several areas, including:

  • HIV/AIDS and efforts to follow the UNAIDS "three ones" strategy (one action framework, one national authority and one agreed country-level monitoring and evaluation system)
  • Other infectious diseases, especially tuberculosis and malaria
  • Noncommunicable diseases
  • Health systems strengthening
  • Social protection of the most vulnerable children and youth
  • Maternal, neonatal, child and reproductive health
  • Behavioral research and communication for behavior change
  • Operations research
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Both organizations are committed to advancing children's rights, and both work with governments, civil society organizations and other partners to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children in lasting ways.