Partnering with UNICEF

Empowering Children in
Early Development

Enhancing health, nutrition and cognitive stimulation for a better tomorrow in vulnerable communities.

At Islamic Relief, we don’t believe in simply providing one-off care to support children in need, we believe in growing futures.


We invest in children’s long-term futures, supporting their families, carers and local communities to provide long-lasting safe sustainable solutions to poverty and inequality.


Islamic Relief Australia focuses on Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a vital part of our healthcare interventions, recognising its interconnectedness with our broader aid efforts and the overall wellbeing of society.


In order to achieve these goals we work in close partnership with UNICEF Australia, a leading organisation in child-focused development projects. Together, we share a common mission and strive to implement high impact projects in the Asia Pacific region.

Members from our team on a field visit to Camobodia in 2022.

ECD in Cambodia

In Cambodia, we are focussing on assisting 21,987 children under five and 2,853 community members and service providers in health, nutrition and early childhood education.

Our project focuses on capacity-building, ensuring quality ECD interventions and community coordination for sustainable Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) services

Newborn Care in Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s rugged geography poses challenges for infrastructure and service delivery, especially in mountainous areas where access to clean water is limited.


Rural regions suffer from inadequate access to basic services, healthcare, education, and economic opportunities, affecting the well-being of women and children. Shocking statistics reveal that malnutrition contributes to over 45% of under-five deaths.

ECD in Solomon Islands

ECD interventions are vital in Solomon Islands’ rural areas, where 87% of the population lives, and 14.3% are under 5 years old. These regions face higher poverty and disadvantage levels.


Our Guadalcanal Province project empowers frontline ECD workers in education, health, and child protection, targeting 60% of the 18,000 children under 5.

We were privileged to be joined by joined by UNICEF Australia for a workshop focused on Early Childhood Development (ECD).

our partnership with unicef

Through our partnership with UNICEF Australia, we are supporting rightsholders across Cambodia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, providing multidisciplinary outcomes for impoverished communities.

Our UNICEF Australia-Islamic Relief partnership is strengthening the health system, providing quality services, enhancing caregiver knowledge and skills, and promoting recommended health practices.


Our joint interventions target children in their early years (birth to age 5), addressing health, nutrition, inadequate healthcare and limited cognitive stimulation to prevent long-lasting effects into adulthood.


Early Childhood Development refers to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of children during their early years, from birth to age 5. Nurturing this stage of life is crucial because this period lays the foundation for a child’s lifelong learning, health, and overall wellbeing.

The ECD projects target the Asia Pacific region, where children face various challenges related to health, nutrition, and limited access to education. By focusing on this region, Islamic Relief Australia and UNICEF Australia aim to create a lasting impact on children’s lives.

The main goal of the UNICEF Australia-Islamic Relief partnership is to implement high impact ECD projects in the Asia Pacific region, targeting children in their early years (birth to age 5). The partnership focuses on improving health, nutrition, healthcare access, and cognitive stimulation to prevent long-lasting effects into adulthood.

Islamic Relief Australia is partnering with UNICEF Australia to strengthen the health system, provide quality services, enhance caregiver knowledge and skills, and promote recommended health practices. By working together, they aim to achieve multidisciplinary outcomes for impoverished communities in Cambodia.

In Vanuatu, Islamic Relief Australia’s ECD interventions are focused on empowering frontline ECD workers in education, health, and child protection, targeting 60% of the 18,000 children under 5 in the Guadalcanal Province. The aim is to address higher poverty and disadvantage levels in these areas.