Emergencies

UNICEF works to protect and assist children during emergencies, including refugee and migrant children, children caught in conflict and those affected by natural hazards such as floods.

Refugee boy walking alone on a railway track
UNICEF Serbia/2015/Tidey

Challenge

In humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflicts, the most vulnerable members of society – children – are among those who suffer the worst impacts.

Not only are pre-existing problems exacerbated, but new threats emerge and systems to protect children often fail.

Solution

UNICEF prioritizes the protection of children during emergencies, aiming to meet their immediate needs while protecting their long-term well-being.

During every humanitarian crisis, we work with partners to meet children’s immediate needs for protection, health care, adequate nutrition, and access to education, well as clean water.  

From the beginning of any crisis, we promote and support programmes that restore a sense of ‘normalcy’ for children.

UNICEF stays and delivers – because how we respond in crises lays the foundation for long-term development, just as how we work in non-crisis situations helps communities to weather future shocks.

Father carries toddler son in his arms while they walk on railway track
UNICEF Serbia/2015/Tidey