An estimated 1 billion children are facing extreme droughts, floods, conflicts and a global food crisis.
Across the globe, millions of people are facing catastrophic crises, from disastrous floods in Pakistan to blistering heat waves across parts of Europe, the Middle East and North America to a global hunger crisis caused by historic droughts in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and from record levels of displacement to deadly conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.
Sadly, it is children who are the ones bearing the brunt of a world crisis, with millions struggling to survive. It is estimated that:
- More than 400 million children are living in war-torn countries.
- An estimated 1 billion children – nearly half the world’s children – live in countries that are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
- In 2022 alone, at least 36.5 million children were displaced from their homes – the highest number ever recorded.
- 8 million children under the age of 5, in 15 crisis-hit countries are at risk of death from severe acute malnutrition.
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Let us share with you three inspirational stories of children where your donations have helped them. From fighting deadly cholera in Afghanistan, to screening and treating malnutrition in Ethiopia, up to supplying water to villages in Kenya. We could not have achieved this without your support. But in these challenging times, we need your unwavering support to continue our mission to help more children like them.
2-year-old Mahjaben from Gayan District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, suffered from cholera – acute watery diarrhoea. Luckily, she has nearly fully recovered after receiving treatment at a UNICEF-supported mobile health clinic. The number of cholera cases in Gayan is rising, largely due to the extreme heat and lack of clean, safe water. Thanks to you, UNICEF continues to provide medical care and nutrition services through 12 health centres and 9 mobile health and nutrition teams (MHNTs) in Paktika and Khost Provinces.
8-month-old Latu Doyo, is getting treatment for severe acute malnutrition in Dubuluk Health Centre in Ethiopia and recovering well. Her mother Galmo Doyo brought her child to the health centre after a health worker spotted the child’s poor condition through the UNICEF “Find and Treat” Campaign. This campaign is run in drought-affected areas of the Borena zone. Children suffering from malnutrition are provided with immediate treatment.
Nasra Garane Farah’s family in Daley village, Garissa County, Kenya used to trek for half an hour to fetch water at the crocodile-infested River Tana. Her children would often get sick after using the water from the river. They would vomit and develop a lot of other illnesses. Now, they can access clean and safe water at a water kiosk five minutes from their home. “The children are safe now and they rarely get sick,” Nasra shares how clean water has made a difference in her children’s health. As of November 2022, in Garissa County, UNICEF has already supported the rehabilitation of 21 water supply systems, reaching 92,279 people with access to a safe water supply.
Gosson was suffering intensely. More than any child should suffer.
The day when Gosson was admitted to the UNICEF-supported AI Sadaqa Hospital in Aden, Yemen. She was just 18-months old, weighed five kilograms and was very ill after enduring five days of fever, a chest infection and diarrhea.
Gosson is now on the path of recovery.
Fortunately, UNICEF with your support was able to provide Gosson with the urgent treatment she needed, including therapeutic food and medical care. Gosson is recovering and now her treatment continues at home, with her family.
Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival and development.
In 2023, we are appealing for RM45.2 billion (US$10.3 billion) to reach more than 110 million children – including 54 million girls and 10 million children with disabilities – with humanitarian assistance across 155 countries and territories. With this funding, you can help reach:
- 8.2 million children with treatment for severe acute malnutrition
- 28 million children with measles vaccinations
- 63.7 million people with access to safe water for drinking and domestic needs
- 23.5 million children, adolescents, and caregivers with access to mental health and psychosocial support
- 16.2 million children and women with access to gender-based violence risk mitigation, prevention and/or response interventions
- 32 million people with safe and accessible channels to report sexual exploitation and abuse by personnel who provide assistance to affected population
- 25.7 million children with formal or non-formal education, including early learning
WE HAVE SOLUTIONS,
BUT WE NEED YOUR URGENT HELP!
BUT WE NEED YOUR URGENT HELP!
UNICEF is the world’s largest provider of emergency food – the Plumpy’Nut also known as ready-to-use-therapeutic food (RUTF). It’s a peanut paste, full of vitamins and nutrients, that can help a child suffering from malnutrition to regain strength in six to eight weeks.
Help us protect children’s futures
In this increasingly volatile world, millions more children need assistance – more than ever before.
Your support for this global appeal will help children in conflict and disaster-affected areas with access to water, sanitation, nutrition, education, health and protection services.
PLEASE DONATE NOW TO SAVE A CHILD’S LIFE
You can make a real and lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable children around the world.
With your generous donation, UNICEF can protect children from the harsh winter.
Globally, 72 per cent of school children unable to access remote learning live in their countries’ poorest households.
More than 1.6 billion children and youth worldwide have been affected by school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A study done during the MCO involving almost 1 million children in Malaysia found that about one-third do not own any digital devices and are unable to study remotely.
An additional 1.2 million children could die in six months, due to disruption in basic health interventions.
Winter clothing kits include jackets, trousers, gloves, hats, shoes, socks, scarves and thermal blankets. UNICEF will also provide families most at risk with cash assistance and vouchers to address the most urgent needs for their children. The newborn baby kits contain a thick towel use as a receiving blanket to keep babies warm upon delivery.