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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 more than 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:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic threatens all children and adolescents. But until there is a vaccine, the most vulnerable women and children are suffering the most from the crisis’ disruption of essential health services
  • In 2019, 5.2 million children under the age of 5 and 1 million adolescents died of preventable causes
  • Last year, every 13 seconds, a newborn baby died
  • In 2019, 43% of schools around the world lacked basic handwashing facilities, soap and water — essentials to preventing the spread of COVID-19
  • Health emergencies and disease outbreaks take a heavy toll on children. Last year, UNICEF responded to 74 health emergencies, including the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, cholera in 10 countries, Zika in 4 and measles in 9. 2019 ended with the COVID-19 outbreak in China, which UNICEF is now fighting in 155 countries
  • In 2019, every hour, 33 women died in childbirth
  • An estimated 14 million infants missed out on their routine vaccinations last year
  • 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 
  • Each day, some 460 adolescent girls became infected with HIV — most of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa

“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 is a leader:UNICEF is leveraging its expertise as the world’s largest vaccine buyer— last year procuring 2.43 billion doses of vaccines to protect 45 percent of the world's children under 5 — to spearhead efforts to procure and supply COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and lower middle income countries
  • UNICEF has perfected low-cost solutions that work: UNICEF provided nearly 47.4 million people in 2019 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 pneumonia cases go untreated or are misdiagnosed because families can’t get adequate, affordable care. In 2019, UNICEF ensured that 9.4 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: 65.7 million children received their DTP3/penta vaccines in 2019, protecting them from five life-threatening diseases — Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib
  • UNICEF is a mother’s best friend With 116 million births expected during the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF is urging governments and health care providers to maintain lifesaving services for pregnant women, new moms and their babies
  • UNICEF is leveraging its expertise as the world’s largest vaccine buyer— last year procuring 2.43 billion doses of vaccines to protect 45 percent of the world's children under 5 — to spearhead efforts to procure and supply COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and lower middle income countries
  • UNICEF distributed insecticide-treated nets to 47.4 million people to save children from deadly mosquito-borne diseases
  • 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
  • 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 9.4 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.