UNICEF was created in December 1946. Since then, it promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do.  Together with partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

In Ethiopia, UNICEF provided technical and financial support to the government to set up the National Nutrition Program (NNP) since 2008 to combat malnutrition, to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to scale up the implementation of the preventative Community-Based Nutrition (CBN) activities in the four largest regions in Ethiopia. 

The Bureau of Health (BoH) supports the NNP by supervising Community-based nutrition as well as WASH activities in the selected districts (woredas). The latter include child friendly sanitation, the promotion of hygiene and wise-water management.

Every month, health posts organise Community-Based Nutrition days where children under-2 are screened and monitored. During these days, specialists from the BoH supervise the activities and provide on-the-job training to health extension workers. Quarterly screenings include children under-5 and every six months Vitamin A supplements and deworming takes place.