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 NNP is the guiding framework through which UNICEF provides its support in Ethiopia. Under the CBN programme component 1, Strengthening of Nutrition Service Delivery, UNICEF commits to support community-based nutrition, micronutrient interventions and the expansion management of severe cases of malnutrition through the health extension program. The interventions started in the four regions of Tigray, Oromia, Amhara and Southern Nations and Nationalities and People’s Region. In each region, one semi-urban and two rural models have been chosen to implement the production of complementary food. Currently this initiative is expending to 20 woredas through the support of the Dutch government and other donors.