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Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to make the world safe for kids. Last year, UNICEF was there for the children affected by 455 humanitarian emergencies.Last year, UNICEF was there for the children affected by 455 humanitarian emergencies

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic drove the significant rise in the number of humanitarian crises that required UNICEF’s response, the largest and first global emergency response in our history
  • Globally, 1 in 33 people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, up from 1 in 45 people just one year ago
  • By the end of 2020, the number of people facing acute food insecurity reached an estimated 270 million, an 82 percent increase since the outbreak of COVID-19
  • Half of the world’s 26.3 refugees are under 18; there are nearly 10 million internally displaced persons between the ages of 15 and 24. They are all full of hope but lack opportunities to realize their potential
  • Over the past 30 years, the number of climate disasters — from severe drought to flooding — tripled, threatening food security, increasing water scarcity and forcing families from home
  • Conflict and violence have displaced more people within their home countries than ever before over the past 10 years
  • In protracted conflicts, children under 5 are more than 20 times more likely to die from diarrheal disease linked to unsafe water and sanitation than 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 gets results: Last year, despite COVID-19 restrictions, UNICEF helped vaccinate 17 million children against measles in 63 countries
  • UNICEF makes sure kids can be kids: 15 million children returned to school safely after the 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: 2.5 million households in 50 countries benefited 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: At UNICEF Child-Friendly Spaces in Yemen, over 283,000 children received psychosocial support to 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
  • Last year, despite COVID-19 restrictions, UNICEF helped vaccinate 17 million children against measles
  • 15 million children returned to school safely after the COVID-19 lockdowns thanks to UNICEF water, sanitation and hygiene support
  • UNICEF delivered cash transfers — to help families feed their children, get them to school, heat their homes — to 2.5 million households
  • At UNICEF Child-Friendly Spaces in Yemen, over 283,000 children received psychosocial support to 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.