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.
Kids Need UNICEF Now More Than Ever
- The number of people who need humanitarian assistance keeps rising due to prolonged effects of COVID-19, conflicts and climate change, including rising poverty and food insecurity.
- Urbanization, environmental degradation, large-scale migration, forced displacements and public health emergencies increasingly compound the threats children face.
- Globally, over 100 million people have been forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution — a record number. Half of the world's refugees are under 18.
- The number of climate disasters — from severe drought to flooding — has tripled over the last 30 years, increasing water scarcity and food insecurity and displacing more and more families from their homes.
- In war, children under age 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 make difficult journeys over rough terrain to deliver vaccines to remote 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 make difficult journeys over rough terrain to deliver vaccines to remote areas.
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- UNICEF has a global presence: 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: UNICEF vaccinates 46 percent of the world's children to protect them from potentially deadly diseases — focusing on the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach children.
- UNICEF gives families the help they need: Millions of households are benefiting from cash assistance, helping families feed their children, get them to school and heat their homes — and relieving the economic pressures that can send children to work rather than school.
- UNICEF employs proven strategies for helping children in emergencies heal: UNICEF connects children with the psychosocial support they need to cope with the immediate and long-term effects of exposure to war and other traumas.
- UNICEF makes sure kids can be kids: Child-Friendly Spaces in emergency settings offer displaced and otherwise vulnerable children with a safe place to play and learn and find some normalcy — all critical to their recovery.
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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.