Global Annual Results Report 2023: Humanitarian action

Progress, results achieved and lessons from 2023 in UNICEF humanitarian action

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The year 2023 was marked by the conflict and violence threatening children and the difficulties reaching them with assistance. The rights of millions of children to life and safety, health care, adequate nutrition, education, safe water and protection from harm and exploitation came under grave threat in 2023 because of conflicts, violence, climate-induced emergencies and natural disasters – or, for the most vulnerable children, due to some overlapping mix of these conditions.

In 2023, UNICEF achieved the following results in humanitarian settings:

  • Clean water and sanitation for 42.4 million people;
  • Measles vaccinations for 32.4 million children aged 6 months to 15 years;
  • Services for the early detection and treatment of severe wasting and other forms of malnutrition, benefiting 118.6 million children under 5 years of age;
  • Access to education for 17.7 million children and adolescents;
  • Community-based mental health and psychosocial support services for 13.1 million children, and interventions designed to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors for 23.1 million children and women;
  • A total of $520 million in Humanitarian cash assistance provided to 2.9 million families;
  • Delivery of $893.1 million worth of supplies in preparation for or in response to emergencies.

These results for children were made possible by the $3.48 billion in humanitarian funding UNICEF received in 2023.

The present report describes the humanitarian situation of children and how UNICEF engaged with partners at the local, regional and global levels to save lives, protect childhoods and ensure that children’s rights were upheld.


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