Join the fight to save children's lives

A child born into a poor family is nearly twice as likely to die before reaching the age of 5 as a child born into better circumstances. You can help stop this injustice.
 
For more than 70 years, UNICEF has been on the front lines of the battle to help every child survive and thrive. We are proud to partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to save and improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Together, we work relentlessly to advance new ways to combat killer diseases and other threats to children – and to make these proven, low-cost methods available to every child, everywhere.

Reaching every child left behind is not only the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing to do – helping build stronger communities, more equitable societies and a better future for us all.

Your support can save lives.

 

Immunization

nearly 1/2 the world's children reached with life-saving vaccines

Every year, vaccines protect millions of children from illness, disability and death.

UNICEF works with governments and other partners to expand the benefits of vaccines to every child, with a focus on the most disadvantaged. UNICEF is also one of the world's largest buyers of vaccines for children: In 2015, we procured 2.8 billion doses. We reach about 45 per cent of the world’s children.

Child health

82,000 community health workers trained to help save children’s lives

UNICEF works with governments, communities and families to keep children healthy. We focus on reaching the most vulnerable women and children to prevent and treat the main child killers, including diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria. Community-based approaches are at the heart of our work. In 2015, we trained more than 82,000 health workers to help children at risk,
wherever they are.

Newborn survival

For 1 million babies in 2015, their first day was their last – and nearly 2.7 million newborns died within their first month of life.

UNICEF helps save lives by connecting women and babies with life-saving resources, such as skilled birth attendants and critical pre- and postnatal care. 

Nutrition

Nearly 270 million children reached with vitamins and nutrition support

Undernutrition kills almost 3 million children a year and leaves millions more with stunted
bodies and brains.

UNICEF focuses on the first 1,000 days of life, when nutrition has the greatest impact. In 2015, UNICEF treated more than 3 million children for severe acute malnutrition. With our partners, we provided breastfeeding support to mothers and delivered life-saving interventions such as vitamins and fortified foods to nearly 270 million children in priority countries.

Adolescent girls

Babies born to adolescent mothers are 1.5 times more likely to die in the first 28 days of life. Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the second leading cause of death for
girls 15 to 19.

Addressing these special risks is a critical focus of UNICEF’s work to keep children healthy. We work to promote girls’ education, prevent child marriage and help adolescent girls protect their and their children’s futures.