Minisheet Croatia 2021.-A Smile For Every Child -75th Anniversary UNICEF

The Croatian Post issued the stamp in collaboration with UNICEF to honor the 75th anniversary of its foundation.

UNICEF – The United Nations Children’s Fund, a special agency whose main objective is the welfare of children worldwide – was established on 11 December 1946. After the end of World War II, life was difficult for many people and millions of children needed help to survive. In the years after the war, UNlCEF was feeding six million hungry children every day. Among them was Audrey Hepburn, who later became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and many children from our regions.

It’s a little-known fact that UNICEF has played a key role in the development of modern dairy farming in Croatia. Dairies were built in Zagreb, Rijeka and Split, and milk was distributed in schools for free. For many children that was the only meal of the day. Many still remember the rusk, the yellow cheese, the bitter fish oil, but also the first chocolate! All of them were included in UNICEF care packages. Other than that, there has been a lot of investment in the modernization of education and health care. In collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF has helped eliminate malaria from our regions. Hundreds of cars and bicycles were also provided for health care professionals to reach every child and family. As child mortality was high at the time, The Mother and Child Program was launched. Investments were made in the training of health staff, 36 dispensaries for children and mothers have been opened, as well as laboratories, school infirmaries and 101 counseling centers for women and children. Thanks to UNICEF, the Center for Children and Women was established, which is now the Children’s Disease Clinic in Klaićeva Street in Zagreb.