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How does UNICEF help Children in Emergencies?

UNICEF has the global authority to influence decision-makers, we work with local governments to change laws and make a long-term difference for children. We also work on the ground, making a difference in the day-to-day lives of children, families and communities. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief, protection and more. So when disaster strikes, we can move quickly to save and safeguard children, return them to school, and help families re-establish their lives.

Planned Emergency Results for 2015


2.7 million children to be treated for severe acute malnutrition


13.6 million children to be immunized against measles


34.3 million children to have access to safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene


4.9 million children to have access to improved formal and non-formal education


2.3 million children to have access to psychosocial support


257,000 people to have access to information, testing and treatment

Percentage2 of total requirements per sector

Children are at risk in all areas of the world. Your help is needed most in these areas.

Cyclone Pam

Tropical Cyclone Pam was a category 5 cyclone when it crashed through the South Pacific. It is likely to be the worst natural disaster the South Pacific has seen. It is estimated half the population are now homeless. UNICEF is on the ground with emergency help. Help now »


The current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa is the largest EVD outbreak ever reported. It started in Guinea in late 2013, and the disease quickly spread to neighbouring countries Sierra Leone and Liberia and most recently Nigeria (in July 2014). Read More »


The children of Syria have been killed, maimed and orphaned. Those still alive are struggling to survive. Now with over 10.8 million people affected , UNICEF’s funding for their most basic needs is running out. Read More »


Due to the ongoing conflict that broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, 1.1 million people are internally displaced from their homes, of whom 588,222 are children (under 18). The ongoing conflict has thrown the agricultural sector into turmoil at a time when preparations should be underway for plantings and harvests. Read More »


2.3 million children have been affected by the conflict in the CAR. This has made critical health care nearly impossible to access and interrupted malnutrition treatment programs. Read More »


The conflict across central and northern Iraq has forced an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis to flee. The dire situation is compounded by the influx of children and their families desperate for help from the three year old conflict in neighbouring Syria. Read More »