Throughout the world, millions of children are suffering because of natural disasters or conflict.
When an emergency strikes, our staff in the area react quickly. Emergency specialists evaluate the immediate need, focusing on children and mums, and UNICEF’s life-saving supplies are on hand and ready to be sent out all over the world. And following emergency relief efforts, we're committed to helping communities rebuild, and improving conditions for children.
We work alongside local and international partners, including governments, UN agencies and civil society. These partnerships help ensure the rights of children are protected during emergencies, the time they are most under threat.
Even when an emergency is no longer front page news, UNICEF will still be there, ensuring children are not left behind.
In an emergency, UNICEF immediately responds to help the most vulnerable children as quickly as possible.
Our emergency response teams are on the ground as soon as possible, delivering aid to families in the worst-affected areas.
When Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji on February 20th 2016, 53 people lost their lives. In places like Kiribati, a whole generation of children are being forced to consider what happens in their future when the sea levels continue to rise.
Getting things back to normal is a vital part of recovery, so we aim to get children back into education as soon as possible.
We also help with the rehabilitation of schools, and ensuring that as communities are rebuilt, they are better prepared for when the next disaster comes.
When an emergency strikes, UNICEF is on the ground, ready to respond to children in need. Read more about how we support children in emergencies.
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