UNICEF Sierra Leone has announce the appointment of Mr. Rudolf Schwenk as the new Representative, succeeding Dr. Suleiman Braimoh.

Mr. Schwenk brings extensive experience and a strong dedication to advancing the rights and well-being of children in his new role.

As the UNICEF Representative in Sierra Leone, Mr. Schwenk will spearhead UNICEF’s efforts to assist the Government of Sierra Leone and its partners in advocating for child rights and enhancing the lives of children and women throughout the nation. He will work closely with the Government, civil society organizations, and other collaborators to ensure the protection of all children’s rights and their access to vital services that promote their survival, development, and full potential.

Mr. Schwenk possesses over 20 years of expertise in international development, with a particular focus on child protection, education, and health. Prior to joining UNICEF Sierra Leone, he served as the UNICEF Representative in Malawi, where he led initiatives to improve children and adolescents’ access to quality health and education services while strengthening child protection systems.

During the presentation of his letter of Credence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. David Francis, Mr. Schwenk reaffirmed his commitment to supporting the Government of Sierra Leone and its vision for the country’s children.

I am delighted and deeply honored to join UNICEF Sierra Leone,” said Mr. Schwenk. “The country has made significant strides in enhancing child survival and development. However, there is still much work to be done to ensure that every child has access to essential services for their healthy growth, education, and protection,” he said.

Hon. David Francis warmly welcomed Mr. Schwenk to Sierra Leone, emphasizing that children are at the core of the government’s efforts and investments in Human Capital Development.

I eagerly anticipate collaborating with you and wish you a successful tenure,” added Hon. Francis.

UNICEF remains unwavering in its commitment to collaborate with the Government of Sierra Leone and its partners to tackle the challenges faced by children in accessing fundamental services, such as education, healthcare, protection against violence and exploitation, while championing the rights and well-being of all children in the country.