The Campaign to End the Pandemic
UNICEF has been entrusted with the Largest and Fastest Vaccination Program Ever.
And UNICEF Won’t Stop Until the Fight Against COVID-19 Is Won.
Here’s What It’ll Take to Make It Happen
The global agreement known as the COVAX Facility is led by CEPI, GAVI, UNICEF and WHO. UNICEF, in collaboration with the PAHO Revolving Fund, has been entrusted to lead vaccine delivery in more than 180 countries, representing 80% of the world’s population.
- UNICEF has spent 75 years building an unprecedented global-health support system
- UNICEF runs the largest humanitarian supply warehouse in the world
- UNICEF currently immunizes 45% of the world’s children every year
- UNICEF is the only organization with the infrastructure, experience and expertise already in place to make it happen as fast as possible.
- 900 million testing kits
- 165 million treatments
- Programs to build vaccine confidence
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Help support equitable vaccine distribution, testing, and treatments, and restart programs for children around the world.
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UNICEF is using its power as the world's largest vaccine purchaser to negotiate prices on other countries' behalf and to keep vaccines affordable.
Preparing Countries for Arrival
UNICEF, using tools like impact investing, is pre-positioning supplies like PPE and waste management and preparing the cold chain for the vaccines' arrival.
A well-planned international air freight operation coordinated by UNICEF on behalf of participating countries and supported by manufacturers is underway to transport large quantities of vaccines.
UNICEF is working to build vaccine confidence through social-listening and communication campaigns in each country's language and cultural context.
From drones to donkeys, UNICEF is doing whatever it takes to deliver the vaccines, with special attention to humanitarian settings and war zones.
Into the arm
UNICEF is training health care workers to administer the vaccines as safely and efficiently as possible.
Vaccines are only part of the job.
It will also take diagnostics, treatment and an effort to re-strengthen overburdened health systems. That's why UNICEF is also delivering 500 million COVID tests and 245 million COVID treatments so countries can easily detect and treat the virus—and slow its spread while waiting for the full vaccine rollout.
UNICEF and partners are helping provide equitable access to:
COVID-19's Toll on Children
And what UNICEF is doing about it
THE PROBLEM: Routine vaccinations against diseases like measles and polio save an estimated 2-3 million lives every year. But in countries like Uganda, where this child is pictured, COVID-19 has interrupted many of these vaccination campaigns—and now, approximately 80 million additional children under the age of one are at risk of contracting preventable diseases.
UNICEF’S SOLUTION: UNICEF is accelerating routine vaccines to at-risk areas and will begin “catch-up campaigns” for children under the age of five. They are also working to re-strengthen health systems that were burdened by the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn More...
Out of School
THE PROBLEM: At the peak of the pandemic, Arif (pictured) and 1.6 billion children like him were out of school, missing out on months of socialization and learning that are key to their development. Currently, 168 million schoolchildren are still out of school, and 1 in 3 has been unable to access remote learning while their schools are closed.
UNICEF’S SOLUTION: UNICEF has drastically scaled up remote learning so children can continue their education no matter where they are. In 2020, UNICEF reached 274 million children with educational resources like digital platforms, television, radio and take-home printed packages. UNICEF continues to work with other government organizations to develop a plan to reopen schools. Learn More...
THE PROBLEM: COVID-19 has disrupted food systems, upended nutrition services, and threatened food security for vulnerable children and their families.As of November 2020, an additional 6 million children under age 5 may have suffered from wasting or acute malnutrition in 2020,and 140 million more children are projected to be living below the poverty line.
UNICEF’S SOLUTION: In addition to re-establishing key health and nutrition services, UNICEF is rushing Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food packets to the most vulnerable children, which can bring a child like Jenty (pictured) back from the brink of starvation in just weeks. Learn More...
Mental Health Issues
THE PROBLEM: The pandemic has elevated levels of anxiety, stress, loneliness for families across the world. Even worse, it’s increased instances of abuse, gender-based violence and neglect—and as of November 2020, more than two thirds of mental health services had been disrupted.
UNICEF’S SOLUTION: UNICEF is taking a multi-tiered response to the mental health crisis, including providing social service workers like UNICEF Child Protection Officer Jihad Tala (pictured, right) and child-friendly spaces for children in need, investing in gender-sensitive support through schools and communities and prioritizing prevention and response to gender-based violence in humanitarian actions. Learn More...
Safe Water Needed
THE PROBLEM: In the least developed countries, three quarters of people, more than two-thirds of schools and a quarter of health care facilities lack the basic hygiene services needed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. On average, 700 children under five die every day from diseases caused by the lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
UNICEF’S SOLUTION: UNICEF is investing in climate- resilient WASH services in homes, schools, hospitals and public spaces and fostering community-led training initiatives to change hygiene behavior at the local level. In places like Cambodia, this can make a lasting difference. Learn More...
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UNICEF USA is incredibly grateful to our partners helping to end the pandemic.
UNICEF USA is incredibly grateful to our partners and supporters helping to end the pandemic.
Latter-day Saint Charities
Latter-day Saint Charities has made a $20 million grant to support UNICEF’s global work with the ACT Accelerator. Since 2013, Latter-day Saint Charities has supported UNICEF’s programs with a focus on immunizations, the education and development needs of refugees and emergency response. To learn more about our partnership, please click here.
United Nations Foundation
In its first year, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund was able to mobilize $242 million+ from 662,000+ donors to help support WHO and partners’ efforts to prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19 around the world. The Fund helped speed flexible funds where they were needed most—as quickly as possible.
With the help of travelers around the world, Expedia Group supported UNICEF by donating over $10 million. Each eligible booking made via Expedia Group’s mobile apps resulted in a $2 donation to UNICEF. Learn more.
In 2020, Visa Foundation committed a total of $1 million to UNICEF's emergency response to COVID-19 in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Since the start of the global pandemic, YouTube has generously gifted nearly $1.5M in funds to support UNICEF’s COVID-19 relief efforts globally. The donations have supported UNICEF’s Global COVID-19 response, COVID-19 response in multiple countries, as well as mental health programs that are being implemented within the context of COVID-19.
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
In March of 2020, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded $1,500,000 to strengthen national-level risk communications and community engagement work in Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The investment enhanced the development and dissemination of country-specific, urgent messaging on COVID-19.
In 2020, Newell brands generously donated over 2.8M essential school supplies to nearly 90,000 children in Egypt and Jordan, who’s education has been disrupted due to the pandemic. With this support, students can do what they do best – create, learn and innovate.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works with UNICEF across a variety of COVID-19 efforts, and the foundation’s support of the ACT-A/COVAX initiative was critical to UNICEF’s global response. Additional support includes funding for Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) and support for Afghanistan’s COVID-19 response through existing polio infrastructure.
Discovery Communications, Inc.
For every new purchase of a discovery+ subscription, Discovery will donate $1 to UNICEF USA—up to a guaranteed donation of $1M—to support UNICEF's ACT-A and COVAX efforts. These efforts will help deliver 1.4 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to global frontline workers and vulnerable populations in 2021.
In 2020, Colgate-Palmolive generously supported UNICEF's COVID-19 response in 15 countries with critical donations of soap and PPE totaling over $1.2M.
Google.org is generously supporting UNICEF's response in India to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, to where it’s needed most in the country. Learn More
Target has committed $1.25M in 2020 and 2021 to support UNICEF's COVID-19 efforts globally, including $500,000 to support lifesaving oxygen and medical supplies in India where Target has over 3,400 team members. Learn More
Cotton On Foundation
Cotton On are pledging to help UNICEF deliver 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to where they're needed most. Funds will be raised through the sales of select products at Cotton On stores globally and online from May 20 thru July 4, 2021. Learn More
SAP is generously supporting UNICEF's global COVAX efforts, helping to protect health workers and vulnerable communities from COVID-19 and ensuring vaccines are distributed in a safe and equitable way.
UNICEF has been Impetus Foundation’s ‘go-to’ organization for international emergency response donations for several years because we are inspired by and confident in their ability to deliver assistance anywhere in the world. As such, it was an easy decision for Impetus Foundation to support UNICEF’s ACT-A / COVAX effort, knowing that the funds would be efficiently, effectively, and equitably directed to the global vaccine distribution effort
Interfaith Movement to End the Pandemic
The interfaith movement to End the Pandemic looks to rally support for vaccine equity around the world. Faith communities and leaders are coming together to end the global pandemic and to come to the aid of our most vulnerable communities. Learn more.
Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA)
In 2021, Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) committed $3 million for UNICEF’s work to End the Pandemic through the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, and ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery. IFANCA and UNICEF also plan to address vaccine hesitancy through strategic communications. To learn more about our partnership, please click here. Learn more.
The Elma Philanthropies Services (U.S.), Inc.
The ELMA Vaccines and Immunization Foundation has partnered with UNICEF to provide six Ministries of Health with technical assistance to strengthn national COVID-19 vaccine coordination, planning, and monitoring, and to scale vaccine delivery to priority groups.
American Express Foundation
Bruce and Lori Laitman Rosenblum
Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association
Barbara and Edward Shapiro
IMC Financial Markets
Nancy and Jason Rosenthal
Northern Trust Company
Sippi and Ajay Khurana
Susan Littlefield and Martin Roper
The UPS Foundation
The Wilson Family Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Pooja Bhandari and Caesar Sengupta
S&P Global Foundation
Wells Fargo Philanthropy
Sara Johnson Kerrest and Frederic Kerrest
George and Danielle Boutros
Rajesh Jha & Sudha Mishra
Stanley Black & Decker
Brenda and Stéphane Bancel
The Estée Lauder & Companies Charitable Foundation
Baker Hughes Foundation
Anonymous Fund of BOSF
Rob & Amy Brown
Abram and Ray Kaplan Foundation
The World Bank
Allie & Mark Allyn
The Philadelphia Foundation
Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund
Zurich Insurance Group
Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation
Adobe Systems Incorporated
The Herbert Simon Family Foundation
Five Together Foundation
The Giving Back Fund
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* You can read the joint statement on vaccine supply forecast here.