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Join the race to end the Pandemic!

UNICEF urgently needs your help with the biggest health campaign in history.

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Donate now to help us deliver 3 billion vaccines and end COVID-19 worldwide. We’re the only organisation with the infrastructure, experience and expertise already in place to make it happen. But we need your help.

Make sure every country gets fair and life-saving COVID-19 vaccine access. Please donate now.

The toughest challenge in 75 years 

UNICEF’s been called on by the international COVAX initiative to lead the global delivery of 3 billion COVID-19 vaccines for 92 low and lower middle-income countries. With your generous donations, we can do it.

Why UNICEF?

  • The world’s largest children’s organisation  

  • 75 years building an unprecedented global-health support system and network

  • Operates the largest global vaccine supply chain

  • Runs the largest humanitarian supply warehouse in the world

  • Prevented 13 million deaths in the last 20 years through routine vaccination

  • Already immunizes 45% of the world’s children every year

Although children won’t receive the vaccine; the prioritisation of healthcare and other key workers they rely on, means children and mothers will continue to get the critical care they need.

Donate today and join UNICEF in the race to end the Pandemic.

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Learn about COVAX: We need your help to deliver 3 billion COVID-19 vaccines around the world to those most in need. Join the race to end the pandemic.

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UNICEF is looking for organisations who can make history with us. Kiwi businesses that can contribute to making big things happen.

Register interest by following the link below!

Appeal information updated 18th January 2021.

NOTE: Due to the constantly evolving worldwide COVID-19 situation, our deliverables and plans will be updated accordingly to meet the ever-changing needs and priorities.

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will go to our Greatest Need. 

Your life-saving monthly donations will support this appeal for 6 months. After that they will go into our Global Parent fund to save and protect children worldwide.

Impact

How will you help

UNICEF has been on the Covid front line since the pandemic began. We've already assisted 153 countries with critical supplies and financial/technical support. And we’ve helped 261 million children to receive vital health, nutrition, education and water services. Now it's time to roll out the world's single largest vaccination campaign in history*. 

Step 1: PREPARING COUNTRIES FOR ARRIVAL

On behalf of participating countries, UNICEF has been prepositioning immunisation supplies like PPE, syringes and safety disposal boxes before the vaccines' arrival. This also involves installing and upgrading cold chain equipment, including specialist refrigerators and air conditioners, to safely store vaccines once in-country.

Step 2: TRANSPORT WORLDWIDE

Massive quantities of vaccines are getting to the most remote and isolated places in the world through a well-planned international air freight operation coordinated by UNICEF on behalf of participating countries and supported by manufacturers.

Step 3: PRE-BUILDING CONFIDENCE

UNICEF has been working to build vaccine confidence through social-listening and bespoke communication campaigns in each country's unique language and cultural context.

Step 4: IN-COUNTRY DELIVERY

From drones to donkeys, UNICEF is doing whatever it takes to deliver the vaccines, with special attention to humanitarian settings and war zones. Our decades of experience building local partnerships is crucial to getting the vaccines to the hardest to reach villages.

Step 5: INTO THE ARM

UNICEF is training local health care workers to administer the vaccines as safely and efficiently as possible. They’ll protect their fellow health providers, and high-risk or vulnerable people against COVID-19.

Vaccines are only part of the Job

It will also take diagnostics, treatment and an effort to re-strengthen overburdened health systems. UNICEF and partners are also helping provide equitable access to:

  • 900 million testing kits

  • 165 million treatments

  • Strengthen oxygen systems

  • Deliver novel and repurposed therapeutics

Join us in the race to end the Pandemic. Please donate now.

* https://www.unicef.org/appeals/covid-19

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Appeal updates

Vaccines: A history of success and hope for the future

Published on Wed Dec 01 2021


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__Do you know just how far we’ve come in the fight against disease? Over the last two hundred years, vaccines have built up a pretty astounding resume. In that short amount of time, they’ve helped us ward off some of the world’s most devastating diseases. __

UNICEF has been on the frontlines for over 70 years, fighting disease with vaccination. We’ve already shown smallpox the door. And polio isn’t far behind as cases have been reduced by a staggering 99%. Maintaining this decline has only been possible with our procurement and delivery of 1 billion polio vaccines every year. Now we’re faced with one of our biggest challenges to date. Even so, if our history is anything to go by, we are more than capable of overcoming this pandemic too.

While working closely with partners, UNICEF is currently leading the charge to help procure and deliver 3 billion COVID-19 vaccines to those most in need around the world. We were chosen because we have the means to make the monumental target of 3 billion, a very achievable goal.

Stamping out smallpox didn’t just happen overnight, and it wouldn't have been possible without the world coming together. After a 10-year global effort and a rollout of half a billion vaccines, we gained greater knowledge and expertise for handling future outbreaks. Smallpox was controlled in part, by vaccinating and monitoring those in direct contact with infected people. However, this is only effective with fast detection. Thanks to accurate and rapid testing today, vaccinations of close contacts are even more effective.

As a direct result of immunisation, polio is next up on the chopping block. UNICEF works tirelessly to supply vaccines, build trust, and motivate parents to vaccinate their children. Unfortunately, low immunisation levels and vaccine hesitancy are still all too common. Every year, 20 million kids miss out on life-saving routine immunisations. With another variant of polio spreading in Asia and Africa, the reluctance to vaccinate is of huge concern to us. To eliminate polio completely, every child in every household must be vaccinated. 

In over 100 countries, we work collectively to engage communities, procure and distribute vaccines, and help ensure affordable access for even the hardest-to-reach families. Just as importantly, UNICEF delivers accurate health information and education. We want to ensure the public are informed and safe during pandemics. This is why campaigns to dispel misinformation have been so important in controlling COVID-19.

UNICEF has the tools to overcome many of the diseases that remain a real threat for children. We’ve made huge strides in overcoming smallpox and the near eradication of polio - and through immunisation - measles, rubella and tetanus are even closer to elimination.

Expertise and experience have helped us respond, recover and reimagine a fairer world for children. Now, a historic opportunity exists to end the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundation for eradicating preventable diseases. Together, we’re going to make history!

Collateral in a Pandemic

Published on Tue Nov 23 2021


The pandemic isn't just affecting children's present, but also their futures.

UNICEF’s racing to end the pandemic in the largest health campaign in history. We’re on a mission to deliver 3 billion COVID-19 vaccines around the world to those most in need. Although children won’t receive these vaccines; we’re prioritising healthcare and other key workers they rely on, which means children can continue getting the critical care they need.

Even with this massive operation underway, the pandemic has already turned the lives of millions of children all around the world upside down. And it’s not just affecting the lives of kids today - but also the outlook for their futures.

Education

At the height of the pandemic, school closures forced 1.6 billion children around the world to put their learning on hold. They were left without months of socialisation and education - both hugely important to healthy early childhood development. A year on and still one in three children remain out of school, and without the means for remote learning. Some schools have since reopened, but education for many still hang in the balance.

UNICEF continues to deliver resources for remote education so children may continue their education, no matter where they are. Our work prepares children for the future, by enabling them to learn and feel empowered.

Routine Vaccinations

Countries around the world took unprecedented steps to prevent and contain spread of the virus. Though with the closures of childcare services, instituted lockdowns and border restrictions came the inevitable interruption of supply, delivery and uptake of routine vaccinations. Parents were then left to face the difficult decision of deferring life-saving immunisations.

UNICEF is restoring health systems burdened by the COVID-19 outbreak while accelerating routine vaccines in at-risk areas so as not to trade one health crisis for another. We are putting emphasis on prevention, so that children may grow up happy and healthy.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Basic handwashing facilities, soap and water are essential to preventing the transmission and spread of COVID-19. This is why we support affected countries in securing sustainable and resilient WASH services (safe water, adequate sanitation, good hygiene practices). Last year alone, UNICEF helped ensured over 10 million people received access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation.

While water plays a key role in prevention and protection for children and their families during a pandemic, it is also at the core of their growth and development.

Malnutrition

Even before COVID-19, child malnutrition affected more than a hundred million children worldwide, and has since been on the rise. Along with re-establishing the disrupted health and nutritional services we provide therapeutic foods to the acutely malnourished, bringing them back to good health in a matter of weeks.

UNICEF delivered 480 million packets of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods in 2020 - A cost effective way to safeguard children from disease and intergenerational issues. Our focus on the future, starts by doing everything possible to ensure the health of children.

Mental Health

Our collaborative role in the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines is as much about overcoming disease as it is about restarting children’s lives. The closure of schools, distancing, isolation, and fear of the disease itself continue to impact the mental health and wellbeing of children.

UNICEF prioritises the integration of child mental health and psychosocial support services and training into global humanitarian its relief efforts. Children thrive when they feel safe and protected.

The crucial role that education, immunisation, water, nutrition and mental health support play in a child’s growth, development and success cannot be overstated. As vaccines continue to roll out, the disruption to essential systems and services surrounding these necessities are lessened. By vaccinating we step forward into a brighter future for children – a world unhindered by delays, closures and restrictions related to COVID-19.

The HOPE Consortium steps up to help UNICEF

Published on Tue Oct 19 2021


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"In my 21 years working for UNICEF, I have never seen the kind of pressure on shipping and transport industries that we are experiencing right now."
"This contribution from UAE and the HOPE Consortium comes at a crucial time."
          Jean-Cedric Meeus, Chief of Transport, UNICEF Supply Division.

UNICEF is helping roll out the largest vaccine supply operation in history. But with the competition for air and sea cargo at an all-time high, the challenge of getting vaccines where they need go, and on time, is immense.

Recently, UNICEF has received a huge boost from the HOPE consortium, to help deliver vaccines and equipment.

The first flight facilitated by the Consortium arrived in Belgium, on 7 October 2021. Onboard, was tonnes of lifesaving equipment, including 65 ultra-cold chain freezers for vaccine storage, 60,000 syringes and 1,300 safety boxes. This equipment needs to be transported to 21 African countries, from Burkina Faso to Sudan, Zambia to São Tomé and Príncipe. Many of these locations are difficult to reach, particularly with air travel disruption due to COVID-19 and the nature of the goods being delivered.

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The HOPE Consortium is a partnership between the public and private sector. The major players include, the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Ports, Etihad Cargo, Rafed, Maqta Gateway and SkyCell, which provides COVID-19 vaccine storage and delivery services out of their hub in Abu Dhabi.

The partnership provides transport, storage, handling, sourcing, and global distribution services (via its collaboration with leading logistical companies), offering UNICEF and COVAX additional logistics capacity during a time of great need.

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Scaling up ultra-cold chain capacity is especially important as African countries prepare to receive COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX, requiring storage at - 70 degrees Celsius.

"Ultra-cold freezers measure two and a half metres in height and one metre in width, making them too large to transport on regular commercial passenger flights. Cargo planes are the only option." says Jean-Cedric.

Each day there are new challenges.

UNICEF’s transport and logistics teams are working to overcome possibilities of new export bans that could impact the movement of essential equipment like syringes, personal protective equipment and ultra-cold chain units.

At the same time, vaccine shipment schedules frequently change, flights may be cancelled, or countries may not accept allocation offers for various reasons.

“We need to move at incredible speed to ship supplies."

The challenges are extraordinary, but so too is the support UNICEF is receiving from donors, and both new and existing partners. Thank you for your support.

The first COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Haiti

Published on Fri Jul 23 2021


Up until this month, Haiti was the sole country in the Americas not to have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, on 14th July, 500,000 doses of vaccine arrived in the Capital Port-Au-Prince through the COVAX facility.

The number of COVID-19 cases, and deaths, almost doubled in Haiti during the first 5 months of 2021. So the recent shipment of 500,000 doses brings some hope to a nation struggling with the virus.

These vaccines will kickstart Haiti's roll-out, and protect thousands of people. Yet despite this, most of the population risk remaining unvaccinated due to limited availability.

20210715 Haiti COVAX On 14 July 2021, 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the US government through COVAX landed in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

"We hope this first donation of doses will be followed by others" says Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

"More donations from well-supplied countries will be needed for Haiti and other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to reach those most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection."

Rolling out a largescale COVID-19 vaccination campaign is a daunting task anywhere in the world. But in the current Haitian context, it's going to be an uphill battle for our teams in the coming weeks and months.

"To speed up the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination campaign, UNICEF has been working around the clock to enhance transportation, increase mass communication and strengthen the cold chain across the country" says Jean Gough.

"In almost every single health center of Haiti, our teams have installed solar fridges to keep vaccines at the right temperature –over 900 in total."

Together with the Haitian authorities, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other partners, UNICEF is committed to make extra efforts in response to the long-awaited need for vaccines in Haiti until the most vulnerable groups of the population are protected against COVID-19.

SOURCE: https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/statement-arrival-first-batch-covid-19-vaccines-haiti

COVID-19 vaccines: 5 reasons why dose donations are essential

Published on Thu Jun 10 2021


Vaccines will help us end the COVID-19 pandemic, but only if everyone has access to them.

COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and the dangerous surges in infection rates and the emergence of new variants in some countries places everyone at risk. The development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a huge step forward in the global effort to end the pandemic and to get back to doing more of the things we enjoy with the people we love.

But there is currently a limited number of vaccines, so it’s critical to prioritise vaccinations to save lives and to protect public health services in all countries. The COVAX Facility – the global COVID vaccine equity scheme – represents a pathway toward addressing the imbalance in vaccine access between high and low-income countries. But COVAX is undersupplied.

G7 leaders will be meeting in June 2021 with a potential emergency stop-gap measure readily available: dose donations. G7 countries and other well-supplied nations immediately donating additional available doses to COVAX is a minimum, essential and emergency stop-gap measure, and it is needed right now.

5 things to know about why dose donations are essential:

  1. More than 1.4 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered by late May 2021, yet less than 1 per cent of global supply is reaching low-income countries. While we need even more vaccines to meet demand, there are enough doses available among well-supplied countries to reach the world’s most vulnerable people right now.

  2. The longer the virus continues to spread unchecked, the higher the risk of more deadly or contagious variants emerging – placing everyone at risk. While well-supplied countries are vaccinating their entire adult populations against COVID-19, others with very poor vaccination coverage are witnessing dangerous surges in infection rates and the emergence of new variants. The recent deadly spike in India could be a precursor to what will happen across the region, and globally, if this inequity prevails.

  3. Millions of children in poorer countries are at the risk of developing preventable diseases due to the pandemic disrupting routine immunization services. Donating doses now could help resume life-saving services in these countries.

  4. The donation of COVID-19 vaccines from well supplied countries is one of the only ways to increase the number of doses available to COVAX right now. It’s a practical solution to ensure that as many people as possible can access vaccines in every corner of the world as fast as possible in the months ahead.

  5. Well-supplied countries can donate while still meeting commitments to their own populations. According to an analysis by Airfinity, G7 nations and ‘Team Europe’ group of European Union Member States together will soon have enough vaccine doses to be able to collectively donate more than 150 million to some of the most vulnerable populations in the world if they donated just 20 per cent of their available supply over June, July and August.

SOURCE: https://www.unicef.org

Covax vaccines arrive in Kiribati

Published on Fri May 28 2021


The small nation of Kiribati sits in the central Pacific ocean. 32 atolls and one coral island stretch across both sides of the equator.

This week, locals were able to celebrate a special international arrival. On May 25, a plane touched down with a very special delivery. Six airport crew wearing full PPE, carefully unloaded the plane and a box holding 24,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Kiribati is the eighth Pacific nation to receive their first batch of vaccines through the COVAX Facility.

UNICEF Pacific’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist, Waqairapoa Tikoisuva, watched the plane land and commented on the significance of this moment.

“Today is an exciting and historic moment for Kiribati,” he said.

“24,000 vaccines have just landed and are now on their way to the Ministry of Health cold room.”

The following day, Dr Tabutoa Eric looped his stethoscope around his neck and wearing a black and white checked face mask, raised his fingers to form a V for the camera. Eric was the first person in Kiribati to get vaccinated and is proud to set an example for the community.

“This vaccine is so important as it will protect our communities and prevent further impact of this deadly virus. As health care workers, we are being vaccinated to protect our families and those who are most at risk,” says Eric.

Kiribati now joins Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Nauru, Tuvalu Samoa and Vanuatu, in the Pacific islands, to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped via the COVAX partnership.

This is an historic step towards achieving the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what will be part of the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history.

Join us today, make a donation to help vaccinate the Pacific and beyond.

Big problems need big solutions

Published on Wed Feb 17 2021


COVID-19 is the first truly global crisis we have seen in our lifetimes. No matter where we live, the pandemic affects us and all our tamariki.

Big problems need big solutions on an even bigger scale.

UNICEF will leverage our unique experience as the largest single vaccine buyer in the world by collaborating with the PAHO Revolving Fund and the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX Facility) in what could be the world's largest and fastest procurement and supply of vaccines.

We're leading the procurement and delivery for more than four-fifths of the world’s population. UNICEF could potentially transport up to 850 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines per month in 2021 - more than double the average weight of vaccines UNICEF transports every month.

As we begin to imagine a day when COVID-19 is behind us, our guiding principle must be that the light at the end of the tunnel needs to shine for all. To do so, we need your help.

We reached more than 760 million children with life-saving vaccines over the last 20 years, and helped prevent more than 13 million deaths. Our greatest challenge is just beginning.

It's estimated that a child dies every 10 minutes from a preventable disease. UNICEF believes all tamariki have the right to a healthy life.

As the largest single vaccine buyer in the world, we have unparalleled and longstanding expertise in procurement and logistics to help children in need. In 2019 alone, UNICEF reached almost half of the world’s children with life-saving vaccines.

Working with partners in governments, NGOs, the private sector and other United Nations agencies, UNICEF provides immunization in over 100 countries to the children who need it the most.

- Vaccinating children in every community: Wherever children are not immunised, their lives and communities are at risk. UNICEF tailors new approaches to vaccinate every child in every community - no matter how remote or challenging.

- The Cold Chain: UNICEF and partners harness solar power, mobile technology and telemetrics - ensuring vaccines reach all children without losing their effectiveness from exposure to extreme heat or cold weather conditions.

- Vaccine supply: With UNICEF efforts, the price of many essential childhood vaccines has reached all-time lows - this has facilitated the introduction of new vaccines to children living in the poorest countries.

- Innovation: Working with private and public partners, UNICEF steers investment towards new vaccines and cutting edge diagnostic and health technologies.

- Disease eradication and elimination programmes: Thanks to steady progress on expanding vaccination, the world has never been in a better position to eradicate polio - with immunisation against measles, rubella and tetanus bringing the world much closer to eliminating these devastating diseases.


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