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Every year, UNICEF responds to hundreds of humanitarian emergencies around the world — braving war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to save and protect the most vulnerable children.When a humanitarian emergency strikes, UNICEF is there, working to protect children and families.

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic led to a significant increase in the number of humanitarian crises that required UNICEF’s response — while prompting the largest and first global emergency response in UNICEF history
  • Globally, the number of people who are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection dramatically increased from 1 in 45 before the pandemic to 1 in 33 people today
  • The number of people forcibly displaced around the world continues to grow at an alarming rate; conflict and violence have displaced more people within their home countries than ever before since 2010
  • Half of the world's 26.6 refugees are under 18, and there are nearly 10 million internally displaced persons between the ages of 15 and 24 who lack opportunities to realize their full potential
  • The number of climate disasters — from severe drought to flooding — has tripled in the last 30 years, increasing water scarcity and food insecurity and displacing more and more families from their homes
  • In war, children under 5 are more than 20 times more likely to die from diarrheal disease linked to unsafe water and sanitation than from conflict-related violence

Meet Birma Kunwar. She is one of many UNICEF-supported health workers in Nepal who travel bumpy mountain roads and perilous footbridges over rocky canyons to bring COVID-19 vaccine doses to people living in hard-to-reach areas. “In the village, people are eagerly waiting for vaccines. They ask me constantly when vaccines will arrive, when can they get it,” says Birma. "I feel happy the government has made provisions to vaccinate people.”

Meet Birma Kunwar. She is one of many UNICEF-supported health workers in Nepal who travel bumpy mountain roads and perilous footbridges over rocky canyons to bring COVID-19 vaccine doses to people living in hard-to-reach areas. “In the village, people are eagerly waiting for vaccines. They ask me constantly when vaccines will arrive, when can they get it,” says Birma. "I feel happy the government has made provisions to vaccinate people.”

 

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  • UNICEF has contacts: UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories, more than any other children’s organization
  • UNICEF acts quickly: Thanks to UNICEF’s emergency response systems and global supply chain, help can reach children in an emergency — almost anywhere in the world — within 72 hours; UNICEF-supported Blue Dot centers in countries bordering Ukraine are meeting immediate needs of tens of thousands of refugee children and women every day
  • UNICEF gets results: Despite COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and challenges, UNICEF was able to vaccinate 17 million children against measles in 63 countries in 2020
  • UNICEF makes sure kids can be kids: 15 million children returned to school safely following COVID-19 lockdowns thanks to UNICEF-supported emergency water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools and temporary learning spaces
  • UNICEF gives families the help they need: Million of households are benefiting from cash assistance to meet families’ basic needs and relieve the economic pressures that can send children to work rather than school
  • UNICEF employs proven strategies for helping children in emergencies heal: UNICEF Child-Friendly Spaces in Yemen reach hundreds of thousands of children with psychosocial support to help them cope with the immediate and long-term effects of exposure to violence
  • UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories, more than any other children’s organization
  • Despite COVID-19 restrictions, UNICEF helped vaccinate 17 million children against measles in 2020
  • 15 million children returned to school safely after the COVID-19 lockdowns thanks to UNICEF water, sanitation and hygiene support
  • Millions of households benefit from UNICEF cash transfers — helping families feed their children, get them to school and heat their homes
  • UNICEF Child-Friendly Spaces in Yemen reach hundreds of thousands of children with psychosocial support to help them cope with the constant threat of violence

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UNICEF: saving and changing lives

Meet Rashed. He is one of more than 910,000 Rohingya people who fled genocide in Myanmar since August 2017. Today he helps his family make do in the camps of Bangladesh, but he has hopes and plans for a brighter future.

Meet Rashed, one of the more than 900,000 Rohingya who have fled genocide in Myanmar since August 2017. Today he helps his family make do in a Bangladesh refugee camp, where UNICEF programs help kids like him focus on a brighter future.