Health Care is a Right | UNICEF USA

Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to make the world safe for kids. UNICEF has helped save the lives of 122 million children.

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • Every day some 15,000 children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes
  • Nearly half of all child deaths happen in the first 28 days of life
  • In 2018 alone, 510,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 24 were newly infected with HIV; 190,000 were between the ages of 10 and 19
  • Health emergencies and disease outbreaks take a heavy toll on children. Last year UNICEF responded to 87 health emergencies, including Ebola, measles and cholera
  • Over 800 women die each day from preventable complications during pregnancy and childbirth
  • One in five of the world’s children still misses out on the essential vaccines children need to survive and live healthy lives
  • Each $1 spent on vaccines for children in low and middle-income countries produces a $44 return on investment 

“What I love about my work is seeing a child who used to be stunted but has now improved,” says UNICEF health worker Paul Maesiala. He travels to remote communities in the Solomon Islands to help save the one in three kids who suffer from stunting.

How many kids can you help today?
$25 will buy enough bed nets to protect 10 children from malaria.

Why donate to UNICEF? It's a smart way to make your money go further for children:

  • UNICEF knows the most effective ways to save children’s lives: UNICEF purchased 2.4 billion vaccines for children in 2018, reaching almost half of the world’s kids under 5
  • UNICEF has perfected low-cost solutions that work: UNICEF provided nearly 28.3 million people with bed nets to save children from deadly mosquito-borne diseases
  • UNICEF is an innovator: UNICEF was one of the first to use drones to transport the blood tests of children suspected of having HIV, speeding up their diagnosis and treatment
  • UNICEF tackles tough problems: Too many cases of pneumonia go untreated or are misdiagnosed because families can’t get adequate, affordable care. UNICEF made a difference in 2018 by ensuring that 5.5 million children with suspected pneumonia received appropriate antibiotics
  • UNICEF reaches children where others can’t: 19.6 million children in emergencies got their measles vaccinations last year, thanks to UNICEF
  • UNICEF believes no child should die from something we can prevent: 65.5 million children received their DTP3/penta vaccines in 2018, protecting them from five life-threatening diseases — Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib
  • UNICEF is a mother’s best friend: UNICEF-supported traveling midwives cared for 634,000 pregnant and breastfeeding moms in their homes
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Meet the UNICEF workers helping kids around the world

We won't stop until we bring good health to every child
We won't stop until every child has clean water
We won't stop until we help every child learn
We won't stop until we reach every child in crisis
We won't stop until we treat every malnourished child
We won't stop until we protect every child
We won't stop until every child has a voice

UNICEF: saving and changing lives

Meet Laticia. Today she had an important visitor, Widyani, a UNICEF midwife who’s been working for 22 years to give Indonesian babies the best start in life. Thanks to a UNICEF-supported app, Widyani has a wealth of vital information at her fingertips to make sure Laticia is growing healthy and strong.


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