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Humanitarian Action for Children

“The fact that this is the largest humanitarian appeal in UNICEF’s 70-year history is tragic, because it means more children than ever before are suffering from violence or disaster,” said David Morley, UNICEF Canada President and CEO. “On the other hand, the fact that we know exactly how to reach every child and provide them with the life-saving support they need to survive and thrive, should offer some hope. We just need the resources to reach them.”
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We are launching a US $3.3 billion appeal – our largest ever – because these children need our help.

UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 appeal targets a total of 81 million people – 48 million are children – in 48 countries:

  • The biggest portion of the appeal is for Syria and the sub-region. UNICEF is calling for US $1.4 billion for the regional response to protect children at risk and deliver life-saving assistance like immunizations, safe water and sanitation, and education.

This appeal will also help UNICEF in 2017 to:

  • Provide over 19 million people with access to safe water;
  • Reach 9.2 million children with formal or non-formal basic education;
  • Immunize 8.3 million children against measles;
  • Provide psychosocial support to over two million children;
  • Treat 3.1 million children with severe acute malnutrition.

“In country after country, war, natural disaster and climate change are driving ever more children from their homes, exposing them to violence, disease and exploitation,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s Director of Emergency Programs, pointing especially to the plight of the 7.5 million children who will face severe acute malnutrition this year. “Malnutrition is a silent threat to millions of children. The damage it does can be irreversible, robbing children of their mental and physical potential. In its worst form, severe malnutrition can be deadly.”  

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