Emergency situations are a fact of life for many children in our region. During emergencies, children’s health, security and well-being are compromised as families and communities are shattered and basic social infrastructure is destroyed. Temporary shelters often become permanent homes, where children have no access to education, health and other services.
One of UNICEF’s main missions is to fulfil the basic needs and fundamental rights of our region’s most vulnerable children, including survivors of natural disasters, refugee and internally displaced children, and children affected by armed conflict.
UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children identifies life-saving interventions and critical minimum basic services vital during the first several weeks of an emergency as well as longer-term activities that support sustainable reconstruction and development.
For Cyclone Nargis impacts in Myanmar and the Sichuan earthquake in China, see the one-year-after reports.
Result of survey
UNICEF EAPRO. UNICEF tsunami relief study: The views of affected children on their lives and the tsunami relief effort. December 2005.