Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief
Providing Relief to Children in Emergencies
UNICEF is the world leader in providing humanitarian relief for children and their families. And this year, UNICEF needs an additional $900 million to meet the needs of women and children caught up in emergency situations. Among the crises that UNICEF is currently responding to are:
- civil conflict, a deadly earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
- intensifying conflict in the Central African Republic
- the civil war, refugee crisis and polio outbreak in Syria
- the nutrition crisis in the Sahel and Mali's complex emergency
- malnutrition and displacement in Somalia and South Sudan
- cholera and recruitment of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- one of the worst droughts in 30 years in Angola and Namibia
Learn more about UNICEF’s lifesaving emergency and disaster relief work and this year’s critical funding needs. Read the Humanitarian Action Report Update.
Leader in Disaster Relief
UNICEF was created after World War II to help children living in war–ravaged areas. And though its work has grown exponentially, UNICEF is still the leader when it comes to emergency and disaster relief efforts for children.
With more than 11,000 staff worldwide; 350 warehouses globally; strategic transit hubs in Copenhagen, Dubai, Panama and Shanghai; and a 24/7 emergency operations center in New York, UNICEF stands ready to provide both immediate and long-term necessities—food, water, shelter, protection and physical as well as mental health care—whenever a crisis arises. UNICEF also works to reunite children with family and provides care for those who are orphaned.
In 2012, UNICEF responded to 286 emergencies—from civil conflicts to earthquakes—in 79 countries.
Related Emergency and Disaster Relief Links
December 9, 2013
UNICEF has distributed emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, following clashes in recent days that have left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced.
November 17, 2013
At least 200,000 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine city of Tacloban and six surrounding districts are now receiving clean water for cooking and drinking, as the first water treatment plant came back to full operating capacity last night.
November 9, 2013
UNICEF expects children to be among the worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines yesterday. While the full impact of the disaster is still being assessed, an estimated 1.7 million children are believed to be living in the areas hit by the emergency.