The Greatest Need

For less than a coffee a day, you can help children whenever and wherever an emergency strikes.


About this appeal

Regular monthly donations are the fuel for lifesaving results. With them, UNICEF can build up a steady pool of flexible resources – allowing us to quickly and effectively respond if and when an emergency hits. This means we can head straight to the source to offer immediate relief in the hours and days following a crisis. It can often mean the difference between life and death for those suffering.


After 65 years in country, UNICEF is still on the ground in war-torn Afghanistan. The worst humanitarian crisis in the world is rapidly deteriorating and millions of kids across the country are suffering as temperatures drop below zero. This isn’t about security – it’s about survival.

UNICEF is the only supplier of therapeutic food still in Afghanistan, as we race to treat 1 million children for severe acute malnutrition. Thanks to amazing monthly donors, we’ve been able to continue saving lives and scaling up our critical support; distributing blankets, warm clothes, and food items to suffering children and families. You can help us continue making a life-saving difference like this with regular donations.​

UNICEF works around the clock to deliver pre-positioned life-saving supplies anywhere within 72 hours from a network of supply hubs around the globe. Our supply and logistics headquarters in Copenhagen, is home to the largest humanitarian warehouse in the world – letting us rapidly respond to any crisis.


Become a monthly donor today and help where the need is greatest.

Help make sure UNICEF is prepared to act in any situation to give every child an equal chance to survive and thrive.


  • UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization - ‘since 1990, the number of deaths among children under age 5 has dropped by 60 percent.’ ​

  • UNICEF operates in over 190 countries and territories with 13,000 dedicated staffers ​

  • UNICEF has over 75 years of humanitarian response expertise ​

  • UNICEF responds to an average of 300 emergencies a year ​

  • UNICEF has the largest humanitarian supply warehouse in the world that can ship to anywhere within 72 hours ​

  • UNICEF’s buying power has lowered the cost of immunisation and other health necessities. ​

  • UNICEF supplies vaccines to reach 45% of the world’s children under five. ​


How will you help

Donations to our Greatest Need Appeal are crucial to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children.

Caring supporters like you ensure we can deliver life-saving aid where children need us, when they need us most.

 Indonesia | UN0245867
Indonesia | UN0245867

UNICEF is helping children like Ence (6) recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Your donation will help protect children and families affected by various emergencies, such as providing aid to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, providing life-saving emergency supplies to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, vaccinating kids in the Pacific Islands, and much much more.

Make a difference in the New Year for vulnerable children around the world.

Update (5)

Appeal updates

Hunger is on the rise for children in Ethiopia

Published on Wed Aug 04 2021

Food Crisis in Ethiopia

A nutrition crisis is steadily unfolding in Ethiopia's Tigray region. At least 10,000 children are facing hunger rigt now.

In northern Ethiopia, the health of children (and families) is on the line. During the past nine months, conflict has battered the Tigray region, leading to an increase in food insecurity.

UNICEF estimates that more than 100,000 children could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition over the next 12 months. This is ten-times the amount expected during an average year.


This malnutrition crisis is taking place amid extensive, systematic damage to the health, nutrition, water and sanitation systems and services that children depend for their survival. In sites hosting displaced children and families, the risk of disease outbreaks is greatest. The overcrowded, unsanitary conditions, means it doesn't take much for a diseases to get a foothold.

In nearby regions of Afar and Amhara, the level of fighting is increasing. Nearly 1.5 million people are already facing acute food shortages here, so increased violence has further aggravated conditions for families. Thousands of people have been displaced already, and without enough humanitarian assistance, child malnutrition will rise beyond the already alarming levels.

UNICEF is on the ground in Ethiopia. We are working with partners to provide safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene, and providing nutrition supplies and early childhood development kits to help keep children healthy and learning. We are supporting communities, but more needs to be done to prevent a full blown crisis, before it's too late.

Donate now to support UNICEF’s work to prevent widespread famine in Ethiopia.

Attacks on water infrastructure have deadly consequences for children.

Published on Thu May 27 2021

Protecting water and sanitation services is critical to the survival of millions of children. This can be difficult in areas with conflict that heavily interrupts water and sanitation services. This often occurs when infrastructure is destroyed or damaged, or when access to power or chemical supplies is interrupted, or even when the conflict prevents the operators from operating the systems.

“Access to water is a means of survival that must never be used as a tactic of war,” say UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes, Manuel Fontaine.

“Attacks on water and sanitation infrastructure are attacks on children. When the flow of water stops, diseases like cholera and diarrhoea can spread like wildfire, often with fatal consequences."

A donation to UNICEF’s Greatest Need Appeal will help UNICEF bring clean drinking water, toilets and handwashing facilities to children who are missing out.

In 2020, UNICEF led emergency water, sanitation and hygiene responses in 120 countries, reaching 39 million people with clean water and nearly 7 million with sanitation services.

A devastating double emergency: Cyclone Amphan amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Published on Thu May 21 2020

Cyclone Amphan made landfall along the eastern India and Bangladesh coastline on 20th May 2020, bringing with it strong winds and lashing rain that uprooted trees and toppled dwellings in both countries.

The region, with 58 million people in the two bordering countries, has some of the most vulnerable communities in South Asia - poor fishing communities in the Sunderbans and over a million Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar.

Bangladesh evacuated 2.4 million people to shelters, while another 650,000 people were moved to safety in the eastern Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal, an operation carried out amid surging COVID-19 infections.

Now Cyclone Amphan has weakened prevention measures and made some, such as self-isolation and social distancing near impossible, the threat of COVID-19 has only grown more severe.

UNICEF is on the ground delivering life-saving aid – especially in Cox’s Bazar where some of the most vulnerable refugee families are struggling to survive. Please donate now and help save and protect children.

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.

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Explained:

Published on Thu Mar 19 2020

What is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.

What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?

Symptoms can include fever (38°C), cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or severe breathing difficulties. However, these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have coronavirus (COVID-19), as they are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

What should I do if a family member displays symptoms?

Act on advice of the government. If you have symptoms and have recently been to a country or area of concern, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.

How is the novel coronavirus spread?

The virus is transmitted through direct contact, respiratory droplets like coughing and sneezing, and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. It is not yet known how long the virus survives on surfaces, but simple disinfectants can kill it.

Should I wear a face covering?

Wearing a face covering helps keep you and others safe.

A face covering helps stop droplets spreading, which may be one way to limit the spread of COVID-19. Advice and regulations on wearing face coverings can be found on the NZ Government's official COVID-19 website and should be referred to as situations or Alert Levels change.

If face coverings are worn, they must be used and disposed of or cleaned properly to ensure their effectiveness and to avoid any increased risk of transmitting the virus.

The use of a face covering alone is not enough to stop infections and must be combined with frequent hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, and avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms (coughing, sneezing, fever).

Your support will give children

  • Life-saving medicines

    Life-saving medicines

  • Safe Spaces & Shelter

    Safe Spaces & Shelter

  • Nutritious food

    Nutritious food

  • Clean water

    Clean water

As a monthly supporter, you’ll receive

  • News & Updates

    News & Updates

  • Annual Tax Receipt

    Annual Tax Receipt

Other ways to donate

You can also donate to this appeal via direct bank transfer or over the phone.

Donate Via BankCall 0800 243 575