The Greatest Need
About this appeal
Supporting children in greatest need
When disaster, disease, conflict or emergency strikes, UNICEF is there to save and protect children – no matter the circumstance. And right now, as the world battles with the COVID-19 pandemic, our life-saving work for children has never been more critical.
When you donate to UNICEF NZ's Greatest Need Appeal, you're ensuring that UNICEF can continue to work around the clock to deliver essential supplies to children (and families) where ever they are in the world, when they need it most.
COVID-19 has put a huge strain on our resources and demand has risen from pre-outbreak levels. Meanwhile, millions of children continue to be uprooted, affected by wars, struggle to find food and die from preventable causes.
The need for your support has never been greater. But together we can save lives.
Please donate now and help save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children.
Appeal information updated 3rd August 2021.
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.
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.
Your donation can and will make a difference for vulnerable children around the world.
Hunger is on the rise for children in Ethiopia
Published on Wed Aug 04 2021
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).
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