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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.UNICEF helped save the lives of 122 million children between 1990 and 2017, cutting the child-mortality rate in half

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • Children continue to die from preventable causes on an enormous scale: a shocking 291 million children under 15 died between 1990 and 2018.  If the current trends hold, 52 million children under 5 will die between 2019 and 2030
  • Nearly half of all child deaths happen in the first month of life
  • Globally, 19.4 million children under one did not receive the three recommended doses of DTP-containing/ Pentavalent vaccine in 2018, and an estimated 13.5 million children the same age received no vaccines at all
  • Globally, 15–24 year olds account for 20–40 per cent of new HIV infections with alarming increases in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand
  • In 2019, UNICEF responded to 74 health emergencies worldwide: Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, cholera in 10 countries, Zika in 4 and measles in 9. 2019 ended with the emergence of the COVID-19 in China, the effects of which UNICEF is now fighting on all fronts
  • Over 800 women die each day from preventable complications during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions, averting an estimated 2–3 million deaths every year
  • An additional 6.7 million children under five could become dangerously undernourished in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic socio-economic impact 

“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.

Meet UNICEF health worker Paul Maesiala. He travels to far-away communities in the Solomon Islands to help save the one in three children who suffer from stunting.

 

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  • UNICEF knows the most effective ways to save children’s lives: UNICEF procured 2.43 billion doses of vaccines for 99 countries in 2019, reaching 45 percent of the world’s children under 5
  • UNICEF has perfected low-cost solutions that work: UNICEF distributed insecticide-treated nets to 24.83 million people in 21 countries to save children from deadly mosquito-borne diseases
  • UNICEF is an innovator: In the Maldives, UNICEF helped launch the mobile phone app, Yagooth, to improve caregivers’ access to information and advice on early childhood nutrition
  • 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 2019 by ensuring that 9.5 million children with suspected pneumonia received appropriate antibiotics
  • UNICEF works to stop outbreaks before they happen: 41.3 million children got their measles vaccinations last year, thanks to UNICEF
  • UNICEF believes no child should die from something we can prevent: Since 2000, UNICEF has helped increase the number of children vaccinated against 5 deadly diseases — Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib — by 30 percent
  • UNICEF protects the most vulnerable children: From 2010 to 2018, UNICEF helped cut the annual number of AIDS-related deaths among children 14 and under by half; deaths among children 10–19 decreased by nearly a third
  • UNICEF procured 2.43 billion doses of vaccines for 99 countries in 2019, reaching 45 percent of the world’s children under 5
  • UNICEF distributed insecticide-treated nets to 24.83 million people in 21 countries to save children from deadly mosquito-borne diseases
  • In the Maldives, UNICEF helped launch the mobile phone app, Yagooth, to improve caregivers’ access to information and advice on early childhood nutrition
  • Too many cases of pneumonia go untreated or are misdiagnosed because families can’t get adequate, affordable care. UNICEF made a difference in 2019 by ensuring that 9.5 million children with suspected pneumonia received appropriate antibiotics
  • 41.3 million children got their measles vaccinations last year, thanks to UNICEF
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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.

Meet Baby Laticia. She’s getting a checkup at home from a UNICEF-supported midwife who travels around Indonesia to bring essential medical care to newborns in remote villages.