The Greatest Need

Deliver hope in an emergency - when kids need it most.

How does UNICEF respond to disasters?

Every moment counts in an emergency. That's why UNICEF has developed the global reach and huge partner network to help us deliver life-saving supplies like clean water, medical supplies and treatment for malnutrition to children and families - anywhere in the world - in under 48 hours. By foot, boat, truck, plane or drone; no matter where they are, we'll deliver hope when kids need it most.

When you donate to help UNICEF respond to an emergency, your support reaches children fast and lasts long after the headlines fade. We work with families, communities and governments in over 190 countries. We don’t just respond to over 300 emergencies (in the Pacific and around the World) every year- we also try to holistically solve the root causes of the big problems affecting kids in the greatest need. We don't leave a crisis zone until we've built the long-lasting solutions to problems children and their communities face. Until we’ve helped them prepare for a future filled with hope. And we’ve been doing it for 75 years. Join us today.

Here's just a glimpse of our impact and reach!

Essential Emergency Supplies:



Clean Water

Clean Water





Warm Clothing

Warm Clothing

Why make a regular donation?

UNICEF gets things done and we do whatever it takes for kids - and we need your regular help to keep fighting the good fight. Although we’re part of the United Nations, we’re entirely funded by donations.

Regular donations allow us to build up a pool of flexible resources – allowing up to quickly and effectively respond to crises. It also means we can invest in long-term development that support the world’s most vulnerable children and their communities - meaning the difference between a life of poverty and one of opportunity. That’s why we get up each and every day. We know times are tough, but if you can, please become a regular donor today and help us deliver hope to children when they need it most.

How does the rapid response work?

UNICEF works around the clock to deliver pre-positioned life-saving supplies anywhere within 48 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. Because we have a presence in 190 countries, we’re already there to jump into action when a disaster hits, and stay long after to help children and their communities recover.

As with any emergency or crisis in today’s world, support from the community plays a critical role in our rapid responses to help the children and families caught in devastating emergencies.. Help make sure we’re ready to act in any situation to give every child an equal chance to survive and thrive. Help give kids hope for a better future.

UNICEF is supporting children through conflict and natural disaster.

A huge concern for us right now is children in Sudan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. These kids were already vulnerable and now and escalation inconflict and a climate change induced natural disaster is puttingtheir lives at even greater risk.

A UNICEF team distributes water containers to displaced families in Madani, Sudan. A total of 49 families received two jerrycans each. UNICEF teams have been visiting various shelters to meet with displaced families that have fled Khartoum after fighting broke out.

In Sudan, at least 450,000 children have been forced from their homes by fighting. These kids urgently need lifesaving health, nutrition, water and sanitation services, as they and their families seek shelter and safety.

In parts of Myanmar and Bangladesh, Cyclone Mocha has torn a path of destruction, impacting more than 5.6 million kids and their families. These children are already some of the most vulnerable in the world due to poverty, conflict and environmental shocks - they urgently need our help to provide clean water, sanitation, health and nutrition supplies, and other emergency aid.

Cyclone Mocha hit the coastlines of Bangladesh and Myanmar on 14 May, bringing heavy rainfall and winds reaching 175 mph. Homes, schools and hospitals have been damaged and more than 5.6 million children have been affected.

NUTRITION: We reached 356 million children - more children than ever before – through our malnutrition prevention and treatment programmes.

VACCINATIONS: We immunised almost 80 million children against measles, with over 27 million vaccinated in countries affected by humanitarian crises. We also delivered almost 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines and supported vaccine delivery in 143 countries.

EDUCATION: We helped almost 40 million out-of-school children (49% girls) access education in 2022, including 3.1 million children on the move and 18.6 million children in humanitarian settings.

CHILD PROTECTION: We scaled up our programmes to prevent violence, exploitation and harmful practises, reaching almost 12 million caregivers – up from 3 million in 2021.

MENTAL HEALTH & PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT: In 2022 our support for children, adolescents and caregivers more than double from 12 million in 2021 to 25.2 million in 2022.

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES: We reached more than 4.5 million children with disabilities, in 142 countries in 2022.

WATER, SANITATION & HYGIENE: We reached more than 30 million people with clean water, 26 million people with basic sanitation services and 39 million people with water, sanitation and hygiene services in emergency situations.

CASH TRANSFER: With support from UNICEF, Governments were able to reach 129 million kids through our cash transfer programmes.

ADVOCACY: UNICEF partnered with the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative to led the formal recognition of the role of children and youth as agents of change in climate action at COP27.

COMMUNICATIONS: UNICEF engaged 7.4 million children, adolescents, and youth in advocacy, nearly 6.6 million in communication and 27.1 million in online platforms.

  1. Every child has the right to grow up healthy and strong.
    We will help children survive and thrive by providing access to nutritious food, quality health care, nurturing practises and essential supplies.
  2. Every child has the right to an education.
    We will give children and adolescents the opportunities to learn and acquire skills for the future.
  3. Every child has the right to be protected.
    We will ensure children are protected from violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and harmful practises every day.
  4. Every child has the right to live in a safe and sustainable climate and environment.
    We will help children access clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, and live in a safe and sustainable climate and environment.
  5. Every child has the right to fulfil their potential.
    We ensure every child has access to inclusive social protection and a life free from poverty.


Day-in and day-out, we work in some of the world's toughest places to reach the children and young people who are most at risk and most in need.

We are UNICEF. We stand for every child, everywhere. And we never give up. Join us and become a regular donor today.

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