Pre-packed kits for emergencies and beyond
The kits serve as a first response to urgent needs where local market solutions are not immediately available or accessible.
UNICEF pre-packed kits are designed to meet the various needs of children and their families in vulnerable or under-resourced situations. The items in these kits are especially critical for delivering medical care, safe water and hygiene, protection and education to restore a sense of normalcy for children amid humanitarian emergencies, including during conflicts, outbreaks and disasters.
It’s important to remember that the kits are intended to serve as a first response to urgent needs in situations where local market solutions may not be immediately available or accessible. In the long term, UNICEF works with communities, governments and partners toward emergency preparedness and building resilient supply chains that withstand disruptions and disasters.
Kits are composed of products that complement each other to provide a comprehensive supply response to needs.
Our warehouse in Copenhagen stocks components for 21 types of kits deployed in emergencies. The kits often integrate customized modules that address specific country and cultural needs. A total of 57 different kit versions can be assembled. Each kit contains a set of supplies and instructions for use in schools, health posts or camps. Check out some of our iconic kits below.
The Nigeria Kit is an example of a customized kit. It has been deployed in recent years to bring a package of essential medicines to address the leading causes of child mortality in the country – malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea – as well as nutrition supplies to treat malnutrition.
Learn more about some of UNICEF pre-packed kits:
Interagency Emergency Health Kit
Medicines and medical equipment to meet the initial primary healthcare needs of a population of 10,000 people for three months. Custom modules can be added to serve more specific needs, such as the Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) kit for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Obstetric Surgical Kit
Supplies for maternal and neo-natal care, including surgical instruments and basic sterilization and resuscitation equipment to handle an average of 100 deliveries, including those with complications and surgery.
Supplies for midwives, including basic medicines and equipment to handle 50 normal deliveries.
Nutrition kits (inpatient and outpatient)
Equipment for trained health staff to treat children with severe acute malnutrition, including inpatient and outpatient modules, used in conjunction with Read-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and therapeutic milk.
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
WASH & Dignity Kit
One of the first to be deployed in a sudden-onset emergency, including buckets, soap and water purification tablets, menstrual hygiene management items including multi-purpose cloth and pads. Items like whistles and torches address protection needs for the vulnerable.
Acute Watery Diarrhoea Kits
Supplies for healthcare providers to manage acute watery diarrhoea, which can be fatal for children in under-resourced settings. The kit includes water treatment supplies and medical equipment.
Education and protection
Footballs, handballs, skipping ropes and other supplies to engage children in games and sports activities, providing therapy during conflicts and disasters.
Education materials to ensure children can continue learning in emergency or other under-resourced settings. Books and games in local languages often supplement the standard kit.
Early Childhood Development Kit
Puzzles and games, puppets for storytelling, art supplies, soaps and water containers to promote hygiene. The kit serves young children with access to play and learning opportunities in emergency or other under-resourced settings.
The kit supports learning life skills and community engagement while prioritizing psychosocial well-being during conflicts and disasters. Tools like “inspiration cards” and “emotion cubes” help engage adolescents in a range of activities.
Maths Teaching Kit
Educational materials for students transitioning into secondary school, enabling continued schooling in emergency settings. Supplies include geometry sets to support maths learning.
Science Teaching Kit
Educational materials for students transitioning into secondary school, enabling continued schooling in emergency settings. Supplies include electricity kits and dissecting kits to support science learning.
Arabic Student Kits and Teacher Kit
Exercise books and other school supplies to support continued learning in Arabic during emergency settings.
More to explore
Interagency Emergency Health Kits: information note
Medicines and medical equipment to meet the initial primary healthcare needs of a population of 10,000 people for three months.
Explore information on emergency supplies including UNICEF supply list (ESL) and health emergency preparedness initiative (HEPI).
Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) kits
Explore our kits designed to help prepare for a potential cholera and acute watery diarrhoea occurrence and to support the initial response to an outbreak.
Technical bulletins and guidelines
Find guidance on how to use and details on kits and products procured by UNICEF.
Delivering during emergencies
See how UNICEF mobilizes life-saving supplies for children by working toward early recovery, long-term development and preparedness for the future.