In crisis situations, such as the increasingly intense natural disasters caused by climate change and armed conflict, children are particularly vulnerable. Communicable diseases, scarcity of food, and violence form only part of the everyday reality of numerous girls and boys in the world.
Mortality rates among children under five have been cut in half since 1990, the same as the share of malnourished children. The occurrence of poliomyelitis has dropped by 99% and 2.6 billion people have gained access to drinking water. However, unfortunately, climate change and armed conflict are the reasons why many children still need our help.
Children growing up in countries afflicted by armed conflict are far more likely not to finish primary school, to live in extreme poverty, and to die before their fifth birthday. Millions of girls and boys today still face poverty, violence, exploitation and injustice.