29/04/2024

Delivering emergency supplies

Photo of the week, A woman wearing a UNICEF vest sits in front of teenage girls in a tent. Displaced adolescent girls settled in Rafah receive the Adolescent Girls Care and Protection Package distributed by UNICEF and its partners. The Children in Gaza need life-saving support escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip is having a catastrophic impact on children…, In April 2024, a child during a handwashing training session organized in collaboration with UNICEF in Croix Desprez, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitians are undergoing some of the worst human rights violations and threats to their lives in the country’s recent history. UNICEF supports children and their families caught in the crossfire of violence…, UNICEF/UNI557555/Erol Mother holds child while receiving a vaccine from a health worker. Benin-UNI561790-2024, Held by his mother, 6-month-old Felix, receives the malaria vaccine at a health center in Allada, in southern Benin, during World Malaria Day, on 25 April 2024. In total, 215,900 doses of RTS,S malaria vaccines, recommended by the WHO and purchased by UNICEF with the support of Gavi, arrived in Benin, marking a significant milestone towards…, UNICEF/UNI561790/ UNICEF staff feeds baby. Mali-UNI554804-2024, Kadiatou Bada, Emergency Specialist at UNICEF, gives enriched porridge to 9-months-old Boubacar Kamien during a nutritional demonstration. In Mali, more than half of the 7.1 million people requiring humanitarian assistance in 2024 are children. UNICEF is on the ground with different response efforts to assist the ever-growing needs of the children…, UNICEF/UNI554804/Keïta UNICEF staff uses MUAC tape on a baby being held by its mother. Sudan-UNI529970-2024, This 15 April 2024 marked the one-year anniversary of the start of the conflict in Sudan, which pushed vulnerable children into even harder situations. More than 90 per cent of the children in the country have no access to formal education and almost 4 million under five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition. Despite the difficult…, UNICEF/UNI529970/Mohamdeen Child shows a drawing she did inside a tent. Bangladesh-UNI548627-2024, A child displays her artwork in an emergency community hub quickly built by UNICEF to restore vital services for 200 children after the devastating fire that displaced 2,000 people in the Korail Slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Alongside the many homes lost, the fire that occurred on 24 March 2024 reached UNICEF's-supported Child Protection Hub, a safe…, UNICEF/UNI548627/Mukut A man belonging to the UNICEF staff supervises a delivery. Somalia-UNI547667-2024, A UNICEF staff member inspects the arrival of health supplies in Somalia which are part of UNICEF’s response to a cholera outbreak in the country. Since January 2024, 4,388 people have been infected with the disease that claimed 54 lives, two-thirds of them children. Cholera has been surging globally since 2021 and preliminary data for 2023 reveal…, UNICEF/UNI547667/Hill UNICEF staff packing boxes Denmark-UNI540717-2024, In 2023, UNICEF supply and logistics function procured $5.244 billion in goods and services for children and their families. At UNICEF’s humanitarian warehouse in Copenhagen, everyday staff carefully packs essential supplies for countries facing emergencies worldwide. Each box they pack contains life-saving supplies, providing vital support to…, UNICEF/UNI540717/Asamoah A womans stands beside a man in front of water jerrycans. DR-Congo-UNI539067-2024, March 2024 - In Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bernadette Sikiliza, mother of four children, has finally access to clean water thanks to a tap installed by UNICEF at the Don Bosco site. In 2022, UNICEF provided critical water and sanitation supplies to 717,704 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where an escalation of…, UNICEF/UNI539067/Benekire A baby lies in incubator while in the background a man wearing medical clothing carefully holds another premature baby. SoP-UNI531331-2024, UNICEF and partners delivered 50 incubators to three hospitals in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. These incubators will help save the lives of hundreds of premature babies. UNICEF continues to support maternal, newborn and child health services in the Gaza. The hostilities in the Gaza Strip are having a catastrophic impact on children and families…, UNICEF/UNI531331/El Baba A group of children in a nutrition centre established by UNICEF and partners, in Delmas, a commune in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haiti-UNI519043-2024, Children in a nutrition centre established by UNICEF and partners, in Delmas, a commune in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. In the centre, internally displaced children undergo nutritional screening and receive treatment for malnutrition. Haitians are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the country’s recent history. In 2024, UNICEF…, UNICEF/UNI519043/Joseph Child washes her hands with water from a UNICEF branded container. Mother holds child while receiving a vaccine from a health worker. UNICEF staff feeds baby. UNICEF staff uses MUAC tape on a baby being held by its mother. Child shows a drawing she did inside a tent. A man belonging to the UNICEF staff supervises a delivery…, Previous photos, UNICEF supports children and families affected by conflicts, disease outbreaks and disasters by Responding to emergencies with life-saving supplies mobilizing supplies that range from medical equipment to sanitation kits and temporary learning spaces. While each emergency requires a different response, UNICEF aims to deliver supplies from a…, Featured video, Our emergency response
03/10/2023

Pre-packed kits for emergencies and beyond

In response to emergencies, UNICEF has designed pre-packed kits 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…, Medical care, Interagency Emergency Health Kit Icon 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., Midwifery Kit Icon Midwifery Kit, Supplies for midwives, including basic medicines and equipment to handle 50 normal deliveries. Read more, Obstetric Surgical Kit Icon Obstetric Surgical Kit, Supplies for maternal and neo-natal care, such as surgical instruments and basic sterilization and resuscitation equipment to handle an average of 100 deliveries, including those with complications and surgery. Read more, Adolescent Cervical Cancer Toolkit, Why UNICEF’s new Cervical Cancer Toolkit matters for women’s health Far too frequently, women’s reproductive health issues go undiagnosed and untreated. Cervical cancer accounts for one in four cancers among women, killing over 340,000 people each year. Often referred to as a silent killer, cervical cancer may take years to develop. However, once…, Water, sanitation and hygiene, WASH and Dignity Kit Icon WASH and Dignity Kit, One of the first to be deployed in a sudden-onset emergency, including buckets, soap, menstrual hygiene management items such as multi-purpose cloth and pads. Read more, Acute Watery Diarrhoea Kit Icon 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, Recreation Kit Icon Recreation Kit, Footballs, handballs, skipping ropes and other supplies that can simultaneously engage up to 90 children aged 7-18 children in games and sports activities, providing them therapy during conflicts and disasters. Read more, School-in-a-Box Icon School-in-a-Box, 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. Read more, Early Childhood Development Kit Icon Early Childhood Development Kit, Puzzles and games, puppets for storytelling, art supplies, soaps and water containers to promote hygiene. The kit gives young children access to play and learning in emergency or other under-resourced settings. Read more, Adolescent Adolescent Kit, 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. Boys playing at a kindergarten with UNICEF supplies Boys playing at a kindergarten in Hin Vernashen village…, Featured video, UNICEF is reaching children and families in Türkiye and Syria with a wide range of live-saving supplies: from blankets, winter clothing kits, and medicines to education supplies and recreation kits., More to explore, Technical resources
25/08/2023

From crisis to recovery: How critical supplies are supporting flood-affected children in Pakistan

When monsoon rains triggered Devastating floods in Pakistan Pakistan's most devastating floods in recent history , the resulting humanitarian crisis affected 33 million people and took almost 1,800 lives. UNICEF immediately raced to deliver life-saving supplies to communities inundated by the floodwaters.   Masooma Qazilbash, Programme Specialist…, A mammoth supply effort, Staff oversee the unloading of humanitarian supplies On 4 September 2022, UNICEF staff oversee the unloading of humanitarian supplies for flood-affected people in Pakistan from a charter flight at Karachi Airport In Pakistan, UNICEF had supplies prepared to meet the immediate needs of around 150,000 people. My amazing supply and logistics…, Reaching vulnerable communities, A child carries a hygiene kit On 30 August 2022, a child carries a hygiene kit supplied by UNICEF in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province Seeing the flooding first-hand was unbelievable. Miles and miles of land completely underwater. You could only see the tops of trees and rooftops in some places. Entire villages were turned into lakes. Honestly, it was…, Back to school, Children attend a temporary learning centre inside a UNICEF High-Performance Tent On 7 September 2022, children attend a temporary learning centre inside a UNICEF High-Performance Tent in Balochistan Province. The local primary school had been badly damaged by the floods. We quickly set up temporary learning spaces using tents and tarps. Soon…, Clean water, People collect water from a collapsible water tank Families that took refuge on higher ground collect water from a collapsible water tank installed by UNICEF in Sindh Province. Clean drinking water was desperately needed. Wells and infrastructure were damaged, leaving communities only stagnant ponds to access water. Drinking it was life-…, Nutrition, Reshma feeds ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to her 16-month-old son Azaan Ali UNICEF/UN0705925/Noorani On 12 September 2022, Reshma feeds ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to her 16-month-old son Azaan Ali. The RUTF was provided by a UNICEF-supported mobile clinic in Sindh Province. A child with his parents UNICEF/UN0801636/Hasnain Six…, Protection against the elements, UNICEF staff helps a girl put on shoes Zaheer Ahmad, UNICEF Pakistan, helps 3-year-old Muskan from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province put on shoes which were part of a winter kit provided by UNICEF. The kits were distributed to families that lost their homes and faced freezing conditions as winter arrived. The floods destroyed over 2 million homes right…, UNICEF response to Pakistan floods in numbers
09/05/2023

Pre-positioning of supplies saves lives

On 16 December 2021, as families across the Philippines prepared to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones after a two-year COVID-19 travel ban, typhoon Rai (locally known as Odette) hit the central and southern parts of the country with force exceeding the previous records set by super typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Strong winds reaching 195 km/h…, Dealing with emergencies, On the day typhoon Odette happened, I was working in the UNICEF Country Office in Manila. When I heard the news, I immediately searched social media channels to see the extent of the damage. Although the typhoon was huge, I was not worried about UNICEF’s readiness to respond to the crisis.   Since typhoon Haiyan almost ten years earlier, our…, Urgent needs, In the first days following the typhoon, children and families urgently needed access to clean water and sanitation, shelter, medicines, and food. To protect communities at risk of waterborne diseases, we provided Aquatabs to purify water, jerrycans to store clean water, family hygiene and dignity kits. We also provided high-performance tents to…, Agility to respond, Pre-positioning supplies is integral to our office emergency preparedness plan and is essential to ensure we can support families in an emergency and mitigate further crises such as disease outbreaks. For UNICEF to live up to our Core Commitments for Children, pre-positioning of life-saving supplies is an important part of our work especially for…
06/03/2023

Delivering supplies to reach those affected by earthquakes in Syria and Türkiye

Thousands of children and families are facing desperate conditions after the two devastating earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks that hit Syria and south-east Türkiye on 6 February 2023. UNICEF has been working around the clock to provide life-saving assistance to those affected by the earthquakes. Find out some of UNICEF’s actions to ensure…, Shipping essential supplies, In Türkiye, UNICEF has distributed winter clothes, electrical heaters and blankets to nearly 277,000 people, including over 163,000 children. Working closely with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF is procuring life-saving vaccines and cold chain storage equipment. 258,000 people, including 148,000 children received hygiene supplies. In Syria, since…, Water supplies, In Syria, providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation services is critical in preventing illness. UNICEF and its partners have been working to provide critical water and sanitation as part of wider life-saving assistance to earthquake-affected communities. In Syria, 13-year-old Moustafa stands in front of a water truck at a distribution…, In Syria, 13-year-old Moustafa stands in front of a water truck at a distribution point in the Almyassar neighbourhood of Aleppo. “I came here to fetch water so we can use it to wash up and for drinking,” says Moustafa, who came here with his grandfather. “Since the earthquake happened, we did not have water.”, UNICEF/UN0781298/Al-Asadi A WASH Facilitator for UNICEF Syria, checks the quality of trucked water in Almyassar. Syria-UN0781299-2023, Mohammad, a Water and Sanitation (WASH) Facilitator for UNICEF Syria, checks the quality of trucked water in Almyassar., NICEF/UN0781299/Al-Asadi Children and their families fill jerrycans with clean water at a distribution point in Almyassar. Syria-UN0781310-2023, Children and their families fill jerrycans with clean water at a distribution point in Almyassar., UNICEF/UN0781310/Al-Asadi In Syria, 13-year-old Moustafa stands in front of a water truck at a distribution point in the Almyassar neighbourhood of Aleppo. A WASH Facilitator for UNICEF Syria, checks the quality of trucked water in Almyassar. Children and their families fill jerrycans with clean water at a distribution point in Almyassar., Heaters to keep children warm, Dispatch of over 1,000 electrical heaters to keep children and families warm. UNICEF is helping with the dispatch of over 1,000 electrical heaters to keep children and families warm. Thousands of homes were destroyed by the earthquakes and aftershocks, displacing children and their families at a time of year when low temperatures, snow and…, Nutrition support, Hamzeh, 4, is screened for malnutrition by a UNICEF-supported mobile health team leader in Aleppo, north Syria. Hamzeh, 4, is screened for malnutrition by Hiba, a UNICEF-supported mobile health team leader, using a mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) tape in the Alsalheen neighbourhood in Aleppo, north Syria., Loading supplies, At the UNICEF Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen, Denmark, supplies are loaded onto trucks which were dispatched to Syria via Türkiye. At the UNICEF Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen, Denmark, supplies are loaded onto trucks which were dispatched to Syria via Türkiye., Supplies arriving in Syria, Life-saving emergency supplies arrive in Damascus, Syria as part of the earthquake response. Life-saving emergency supplies arrive in Damascus, Syria as part of the earthquake response. UNICEF and partners will be distributing water purification tables, blankets, tents and other life-saving supplies.
19/01/2023

Supply partners step up to help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies for children

In 2022, many children and their families around the world faced multiple emergencies. War, disease outbreaks, natural disasters and other crises meant that by the end of the year 339 million people required life-saving assistance – up 25 per cent on a year earlier. This placed huge demands on global humanitarian supply chains, highlighting that…, Emergency supplies touch down, War in Ukraine: The war has had a devastating impact on the country’s 7.5 million children, with the fighting sparking displacement on a scale not seen since World War II. The global logistics and transport firms Kuehne + Nagel, Flexport and tourism group TUI contributed to UNICEF’s emergency response by delivering dignity kits, hygiene supplies,…, Improving supply chains for the future, During emergencies, the pressure on supply chains increases, which can result in delays, rising freight costs and bottlenecks in the transport of supplies. Finding longer-term solutions to overcome these challenges was a key priority for UNICEF in 2022.   In January, a memorandum of understanding was signed with The Global Alliance for Trade…, Supply chains: critical to saving lives, UNICEF’s supply chain experiences in 2022 highlighted once more the critical importance of public and private sector partnerships to overcome challenges so that we can reach people in need and strengthen systems for the future. UNICEF will continue to harness partners’ expertise, innovation and leadership to ensure supplies arrive in the hands of…
15/11/2022

Scaling infrastructure during health emergencies

In many countries, the COVID-19 pandemic quickly overwhelmed healthcare systems and left them unable to cope with the sudden surge of critically ill patients. In response to the pandemic, UNICEF launched the most extensive and complex emergency operations in its history which included support in construction of health facilities to help save lives…, Year-round preparedness in construction , UNICEF provides construction solutions that enable governments and communities to repurpose existing spaces or build new temporary facilities to address a health crisis. In past Ebola disease outbreaks, UNICEF supported the building of isolation centres in West Africa that helped contain disease transmission and supported the health workers in…, Bringing COVID-19 resources to hospitals in Burundi , COVID-19 isolation wards at community hospitals COVID-19 isolation wards at community hospitals. Historically, Burundi’s health system has been very centralized. As a result, populations who live outside major urban centres must travel long distances to access healthcare from district-level hospitals.   As part of the COVID-19 response, UNICEF…, Isolation and treatment centres made from bamboo in Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camp , Located in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Kutupalong refugee camp is the world’s largest refugee camp, inhabited by Rohingya refugees who brought with them accounts of the unspeakable violence and brutality that had forced them to flee.   Poor sanitation conditions and lack of space for isolation presented a major risk for the Rohingya and host…, Community Care Centres during the Ebola crisis , Two white tents with UNICEF logo on them. Ebola Community Care Centre, Sierra Leone. Between 2014 and 2016, during the unprecedented scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the lack of treatment beds for patients required an urgent solution. The construction of Community Care Centres (CCCs) was one of the approaches implemented by UNICEF and…, Construction innovation for future emergencies, A white High Performance Tent with the blue UNICEF logo. Health emergency facilities utilize High Performance Tents, one of UNICEF’s recent construction innovations. Recent infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola and COVID-19 have highlighted the urgent need for rapidly deployable surge facilities that enable health workers to screen, isolate,…