What we achieve
In times of emergency children are especially vulnerable, and the interventions of UNICEF and partner organisations are often life-saving. Evidence of the importance of this work can be seen in the numbers of people reached.
During the first three months of UNICEF's 2009 response to critical food insecurity in southern Madagascar, 250,000 people used health services supported by UNICEF - among them 27,000 children under five were treated free of charge; 1,200 children under one were vaccinated; 10,000 pregnant women received free consultation and treatment; and over 10,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition were identified and treated.
Yet dealing with emergencies does not just involved response activities in the aftermath of crisis. UNICEF's work to improve the quality and dissemination of information relating to emergencies is strengthening preparedness among its partners at a national level.
Work to improve nutritional surveillance and local capacities for early community response will help to manage the impact of persistent food insecurity by identifying the need for pre-emptive action to avert future emergencies.
Through reinforcing schools' and health centres' capacities for emergency planning and response, disruptions to these services during emergencies can be minimised.