Covid-19 Emergency

Help fight Covid-19. Donate now and give families urgently needed soap, clean water and medical supplies.


About this appeal

Covid-19 is the biggest global crisis for children since World War Two.

A staggering 6000 children a day could die over the next six months, as Covid-19 disrupts life-saving services and rapidly deteriorates health systems and supply chains.

We must act now to save lives.

Help fight Covid-19. Donate now to UNICEF NZ and rush urgently needed soap, clean water and medical support to children and families that need it most.

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Your support is needed now more than ever to help stop Covid-19 and protect families.

The impact of Covid-19 for children, especially vulnerable and disadvantaged children, is devastating.

Children who continue to struggle through war, disease, hunger and poverty, are now facing the added threat of Covid-19. Many of these children and their families have no way to protect themselves. Their very survival depends on the delivery of urgently needed aid.

Join the fight to stop Covid-19. Donate now to UNICEF NZ and help save children’s lives.


How will you help

Make a life-saving donation to UNICEF NZ and help protect children and families from Covid-19. Your support is needed now more than ever.

Your donation will:

  • Provide soap and clean water, so children and families are able to wash their hands and stop the spread of Covid-19.

  • Rush urgently needed medical supplies to frontline workers, such as surgical gloves, masks, goggles and other PPE.

  • Give healthcare support to vulnerable communities, such as children and families in refugee camps or living in poverty.

  • Support countries hit the hardest by Covid-19 with essential hygiene and medical supplies and emergency response capacity building.

  • Ensure vulnerable children still have access to education and child protection services.

  • Equip at-risk communities with the skills and knowledge needed to protect themselves from Covid-19 and stop the spread of the virus.

Just $21 can give 100 bars of urgently needed soap to help children and families protect themselves.

Please donate now to UNICEF NZ and help fight Covid-19.

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Appeal updates

UNICEF delivers critical supplies to support Yemen’s COVID-19 response.

Published on Wed Jun 03 2020

Cases of Covid-19 are on the rise in Yemen, a country whose health system was already on the brink of collapse before the pandemic. To help stop the spread of infection and save lives, UNICEF delivered urgently needed medical supplies to Sana’a airport on the 30th May 2020.

Donations from UNICEF supporters enabled us to airlift enough face masks, gloves, aprons and other essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for at least 1,600 frontline health workers.

These life-saving supplies will ensure vital primary health care and nutrition services can operate safely for three months.

Covid-19 has created an emergency within an emergency in Yemen. Due to a bloody and relentless war, only half of all health facilities across the country are functional.

Meanwhile almost every child in Yemen (over 12 million in total) is in need of humanitarian aid, including nearly half a million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Covid-19 is not only a direct threat to the health of Yemen’s children, many of whom have weakened immune systems due to malnutrition – but Covid-19’s weakening of vital aid services which Yemen’s children rely on to survive.

UNICEF is one of the few organisation still able to provide life-saving aid to Yemen’s children, but the growing need is immense.

“Despite the uncertainty that the pandemic has brought, UNICEF is staying and delivering to reach children and families in need across the country. A robust and sustainable supply chain will allow us to continue doing our share.” said Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF Representative in Yemen.

UNICEF plans to deliver more life-saving supplies, including Covid-19 testing kits in the coming weeks. However resources are stretched and we need your help.

Please donate now to UNICEF NZ and help provide urgently needed soap, clean water and medical supplies.

Your donations are protecting families like Khatera's

Published on Wed May 20 2020

In the camps for internally displaced people in Herat, Afghanistan, mum of three Khatera has been given soap to help keep her children and herself safe from Covid-19.

“I am concerned about my children’s future and most importantly their health. I can’t see them sick. I can’t sleep well at night. I wake up in the middle of the night with the thought of the virus and my children.” Khatera explains.

“Our children suffer most because they are still young and their immune system is weak. We have malnutrition and diarrhoea in the camp, and it’s still an issue. I am scared if the virus spreads in the camp. God have Mercy on us."

Support from UNICEF donors has enabled us to deliver more than 84 tons of soap to the most vulnerable families, such as Khatera’s. These supplies are critical to ensuring families are able to practice proper handwashing and reduce the threat of sickness amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I don’t have to worry about buying soap for the time being. Instead, I will use the money to buy food for my children,” Khatera adds.

Donations have allowed UNICEF to support a team of 52 social mobilisers to travel door-to-door, delivering soap and educating children and families on how they can best protect themselves from Covid-19.

UNICEF's work is critical to protect children and save lives. But all of this life-saving work is only possible because donations from supporters like you!

Help UNICEF NZ continue to fight Covid-19. Please donate now and help support families like Khatera’s.

Protecting refugee and migrant children from Covid-19

Published on Wed Apr 29 2020

Seven-year-old Francesca receives a medical screening from Doctor Antonella Tochiaro in an informal settlement, where she lives in Rome, Italy.

Doctor Tochiaro is part of our outreach team, conducting mobile clinics which provide basic health care and information to refugee and migrant children and families in need. __This work has become particularly vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. __

Refugee and migrant families living in informal settlements are some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Not only do they face daily struggles to survive and have limited access to health services in regular times – but the COVID-19 pandemic only puts them at further risk.

The team provide health screenings, distributes vital hygiene supplies and educates children and families on what they can do to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Please donate now and support refugee and migrant children in urgent need.

Over 5 million children in Yemen face the threat of cholera in the midst of Covid-19 and heavy rains

Published on Wed Apr 29 2020

Children in Yemen continue to face a myriad of threats to their survival. A further spread of cholera, high levels of malnutrition and outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases, compounded by COVID-19 will only exacerbate the burden that children and their families already face,” said Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF Representative in Yemen.

More than 110,000 cases of suspected cholera – a deadly waterborne disease, have been recorded across Yemen since January. Children under the age of five account for a quarter of these cases.

Recent heavy rains and flash floods in Abyan, Lahj and Sana’a City have interrupted access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, as well as destroyed homes and displaced families. Many families have been left vulnerable to disease, with little access to soap, clean water or any means to social distance.__This has not only created a breeding ground for deadly waterborne diseases, but it has greatly worsened the country’s ability to prevent the spread of Covid-19. __

UNICEF has responded urgently to families affected by the floods by providing basic hygiene kits, including disinfectants, chlorine, buckets and towels. The response also focuses on the repair of the disrupted water infrastructure to restore immediate access to safe drinking water for children and their families.

Please donate now and help children survive.

Critical medical supplies arrive in Venezuela

Published on Wed Apr 08 2020

Health workers check medical supplies delivered in a Hospital located in Caracas,Venezuela on 2nd April 2020.

These supplies include emergency kits that contain medicines and basic equipment to serve a population of 10,000 people for 3 months, as well as supplies for the Neonatal Service and for the protection of Health workers.

UNICEF is focusing its immediate response in Venezuela on health, water, sanitation and hygiene actions in 14 prioritized hospitals, while supporting other facilities, such as other outpatients centers and selected schools as need be.

The need for UNICEF's life-saving work has never been more critical.

Please donate now and help UNICEF be there for vulnerable communities across the world.

UNICEF have delivered urgently needed medical supplies to Italy

Published on Wed Apr 01 2020

On the 30th March 2020, UNICEF medical supplies arrived in Rome to support efforts at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.

These urgently needed medical supplies included: surgical masks, medical gloves, protective suits and goggles, gowns and thermometers. Equipment that health professionals across the country desperately need to protect themselves from being infected.

“The supplies have been immediately provided to the Italian Civil Protection, which will identify some health facilities in areas where the need of these important health supplies is the greatest, for containing and responding to the spread of Covid-19.” said the President of UNICEF Italy, Francesco Samengo.

Since the start of the outbreak, UNICEF has shipped more than 4.27 million gloves, 573,300 surgical masks, 98,931 N95 respirators, 156,557 gowns and 12,750 goggles in support of countries as they respond to the pandemic.

We continue to work around the clock to deliver more life-saving supplies to those most in need. But the need is great and resources are hugely stretched.

__Please donate now and help provide urgently needed supplies. __

Protecting children in refugee camps from coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published on Mon Mar 30 2020

Strong hygiene practices are the best defence against the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). However in refugee camps, such as the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, this poses a formidable challenge.

The risk for any infectious disease transmission is continuously high in the densely populated camps, which are home to 850,000 Rohingya refugees, over half of whom are children.

Alongside vaccines for deadly diseases like polio, measles and cholera, UNICEF is ensuring children understand the importance of handwashing and have access to soap and clean water.

As March 2020, over 216,000 children in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar have learned to practice handwashing every day, at UNICEF-supported schools.

Please make a donation now to UNCIEF and help protect the world's most vulnerable children.

UNICEF continues to ship vital supplies to affected countries, amid soaring number of COVID-19 cases

Published on Fri Mar 27 2020

Despite extreme market conditions, including aggressive buying and emerging export restrictions, UNICEF has secured orders from April until June for key products that will help respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These include:

  • 26.9 million surgical masks
  • 4.8 million respirators
  • 6 million coveralls
  • 7.1 million surgical gowns
  • 1.5 million goggles
  • 29,000 infrared thermometers

“While the speed and scale of the outbreak is posing countless challenges, we continue employing every effort to ensure that UNICEF supplies reach those in need as quickly as possible,” said Etleva Kadilli, UNICEF’s Director of Supply Division in Copenhagen.

“Protecting healthcare workers remains a top priority. These are the heroes on the frontline who continue tirelessly providing care and support to children and families affected in this unprecedented global crisis."

Since the start of the outbreak, UNICEF has shipped more than 4.27 million gloves, 573,300 surgical masks, 98,931 N95 respirators, 156,557 gowns and 12,750 goggles in support of countries as they respond to the pandemic.

Despite Europe being one of the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen, the largest humanitarian warehouse in the world, remains fully operational: the warehouse operates with shifts 7 days a week and continues to produce kits including supplies for health, water, hygiene and sanitation, early childhood development and education.

Teams across the division are working hard to increase access to COVID-19 supplies while continuing to support other ongoing child survival programmes and respond to emergencies including in Yemen, Syria and DRC.

The need for your support has never been greater. Please donate now and help us continue to be there for children around the world.

Protecting displaced Syrian children from coronavirus

Published on Thu Mar 26 2020

Near the town of Atme, Syria, a medical volunteer sterilises the inside of a make-shift classroom at a camp for displaced Syrians, as part of measures of COVID-19 coronavirus disease prevention.

Donate now and help UNICEF protect children and families against infection.

Coronavirus Prevention in Nigeria

Published on Tue Mar 24 2020

As concerns continue to grow about the coronavirus in Nigeria, a Lagos State Ministry of Health team, with support from UNICEF, have conducted an event to highlight ways in which communities can help keep themselves safe.

9-year-old Farida, a schoolgirl in Lagos State, displays her hands after learning the importance of handwashing to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

UNICEF will continue to support at-risk communities all around the world, during and after the crisis - to ensure the impact on children is minimised as much as possible.

Donate now to UNICEF's Coronavirus Appeal to help protect families.

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