How UNICEF Works in Emergencies

A 10-year-old boy stands amid damage caused by a fire that swept through Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, displacing thousands.
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UNICEF is able to respond to hundreds of humanitarian emergencies every year, delivering lifesaving assistance to vulnerable children and families before, during and after a crisis, thanks to its:

  • presence in over 190 countries and territories
  • staff of over 13,000 employees 
  • 24/7 emergency operations center in New York
  • humanitarian supply warehouse in Copenhagen — the world's largest — plus other transit hubs and warehouses in strategic locations
  • partnerships with local and national governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector 
  • funding support from governments and intergovernmental organizations, the private sector and institutional and individual donors

UNICEF's humanitarian emergency response activities cut across all of UNICEF's major program areas, from health and nutrition to education and child protection to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). UNICEF's seven regional offices — East Asia and the Pacific, Eastern and Southern Africa, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and West and Central Africa — work with individual country offices to coordinate initiatives and interventions.

Learn more about how UNICEF helps children in emergencies.

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Top photo: Rezwan, 10, stands amid the damage caused by a fire that spread through the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on March 23, 2021, displacing thousands. UNICEF and partners rushed emergency relief to affected children and families in the wake of the disaster. © UNICEF/UN0431936/Saeed