20/06/2023

Enduring humanitarian emergencies

Around the world, children are living through unrelenting emergencies that have been ongoing for years, and in some cases, even decades. Their lives have been turned upside down by conflicts, food insecurity and the escalating realities of climate change, forcing them to leave their homes. On World Refugee Day, we look at some of the most…, A child rights crisis in Afghanistan, A girl sitting on packs with hygiene products procured and distributed by UNICEF. In Yzad province, Iran, an Afghan refugee child receives hygiene supplies procured and distributed by UNICEF. A severe humanitarian emergency, driven by an unstable political landscape and children’s lack of access to nutrition, education and protection, has forced…, Drought in the Horn of Africa, Using a mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) tape, a health care worker measures the arm of a baby who is on the lap of her mother. At Higlo IDP site in Ethiopia, where thousands of drought-affected people are living, a health worker measures the arm of a child to assess his nutrition level. Five successive failed rainy seasons in the past three…, Migration across Mexico, A child girl receives a health check-up. In Tapachula, Chiapas – a town bordering Mexico and Guatemala – a child receives a health check-up. Every day, migrants and asylum seekers from South and Central America arrive in Tapachula, fleeing violence, poverty and lack of opportunities. Many decide to travel onward to the United States. UNICEF…, Fleeing a human rights disaster in Myanmar, Baby Riazur, living in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, receives his routine vaccines from UNICEF-supported community health volunteers. In 2023, UNICEF will continue working to reach 115,000 Rohingya refugee children and host community children in need of immunization services, and 655,000 children that require an education,…, Conflict in Yemen, A girl sitting on the floor beside her mother and showing a box showing the UNICEF logo in Arabic. Five-year-old Saiba and her mother Taiseer Jamel receive hygiene supplies in Abyan, Yemen. Five-year-old Saiba and her mother Taiseer Jamel receive hygiene supplies in Abyan, Yemen, where thousands of internally displaced persons are living. In Yemen…, Supply response to large displacements of people, Explore a geographic overview of some of the major crises of 2022 that were marked by the extensive uprooting of populations, with a glimpse into the priorities and focus of UNICEF’s supply response for children and families. Hover the mouse over the location icons for more information., More to explore, Igor Peftiyev, Contracts Officer at UNICEF Supply Division, in Copenhagen, tells about the war in Ukraine, his home country, and highlights the vital role that UNICEF plays in the protection of children and their families affected by the conflict.
07/06/2023

Supply Annual Report 2022

In 2022, UNICEF procured $7.383 billion in goods and services for children in 162 countries and areas. This procurement value included the delivery of 3.4 billion vaccines, 2.1 billion water purification tablets, 38.1 million long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets, 162,000 education kits, and almost 69,000 metric tons of ready-to-use therapeutic…, UNICEF procures around 80 per cent of the global supply of RUTF and is the provider of first resort for children affected by humanitarian crises. In 2022, production levels achieved by RUTF manufacturers enabled UNICEF to deliver 68,702 metric tonnes of the product to 64 countries – enough RUTF to treat around 5.1 million children. In 2022,…, Illustration of public health emergency archetypes Reimagining supply preparedness through public health emergency archetypes, UNICEF pioneered the development of public health emergency archetypes to guide decision-making on R&D and other investments around supplies that prevent and treat infectious diseases. The archetype framework serves as a common platform to identify market challenges that impede low- and middle-income countries from accessing vital products…, Drawing showing the inside of a tent. Product innovation prioritizes children’s well-being in public health emergencies, UNICEF, WHO and Médecins Sans Frontières went to Uganda to test how well a rapidly deployable health emergency facility performed in facilitating screening, isolation and treatment during the country’s worst Ebola virus outbreak in two decades., 11-year old Margaryta sitting on the new wheelchair she received from UNICEF. Lviv, Ukraine. Breakthroughs towards equitable access to assistive technologies for children, In 2022, UNICEF reduced the cost of high-quality assistive technologies (ATs), such as hearing aids, by as much as 94 per cent. This breakthrough in pricing was the outcome of UNICEF’s transparent consultations with industry and strategic engagement with leading AT suppliers – and a relentless focus on minimum product specifications for quality.…, A detail shot of vials of the malaria vaccine. Malaria vaccine: incentivizing markets to produce a new vaccine at scale, In August 2022, UNICEF issued a historic award for the world’s first malaria vaccine. This award will lead to the supply of 18 million doses of RTS,S/AS01e malaria vaccine between the fourth quarter of 2023 and 2025. The long road to developing a malaria vaccine required intense collaboration between the vaccine manufacturer and partners,…, Suvi Rautio, Deputy Director, Supply Chain, UNICEF Supply Division Ready to respond: Supply Community emergency deployments, Through 61 deployments, Supply Community colleagues helped ensure the delivery of life-saving supplies and services when and where they were needed most. Suvi Rautio, Deputy Director, Supply Chain, UNICEF Supply Division, reflects on how deployments enable UNICEF to mobilize diverse technical expertise to rapidly increase operational capacity and…, UNICEF staff observe the unloading of UNICEF’s humanitarian supplies for flood-affected people in Pakistan at the Karachi Airport. Transport and logistics partners: solidarity in a year of emergencies, Across multiple humanitarian crises affecting 274 million people globally in 2022, UNICEF’s supply chain partners stepped up to deliver humanitarian aid for children. UNICEF strengthened existing partnerships to meet the immediate needs of children in crises. Together, we also forged new collaborations to improve supply operations in the future.…, A UNICEF staff on his knees poses besides a smiling 11-year-old boy who is receiving a winterization kit, in Afghanistan. Response to natural disasters and climate-amplified crises, In 2022, natural disasters and weather-related calamities intensified by climate change triggered health and nutrition crises around the world. The collateral impact on critical services and the health and well-being of populations has been acute. UNICEF’s rapid mobilization of essential supplies was instrumental in supporting early recovery, long…, Two women and two children in a inside a tent at a UNICEF-UNHCR Blue Dot in Moldova. Response to large displacements of people, In 2022, UNICEF mounted its largest supply response to date in the face of humanitarian crises that resulted in the large-scale movement of people worldwide. The UNHCR estimates that 100 million people were forced to leave their homes because of conflict, violence, human rights violations, and persecution. As well, the impact of climate change on…, A 12-year old girl being vaccinated by a healthcare professional in a secondary school in Viet Nam. COVID-19 supplies: 2022 milestones towards equity in procurement and delivery, Alongside its COVAX partners, UNICEF has led the largest vaccine supply and delivery operation in history, helping to ensure equitable access to quality-assured COVID-19 vaccines. On 16 January 2022, the one billionth COVID-19 vaccine dose was delivered to Kigali, Rwanda – a milestone in the collective effort to defeat the pandemic since COVID-19…, A 12-year-old student, smiling to the camera, in her new classroom. Building a future fit for children, UNICEF construction projects offer tailored solutions to respond to the needs of children now and in the future. Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in UNICEF construction activities. Between 2018 and 2022, the value of UNICEF construction contracts grew by 56 per cent. In these five years, UNICEF has raised construction contracts in 113…, Five healthcare workers examine their mobile phones to control the barcodes of medical supplies. Nigeria and Rwanda: introducing barcodes to strengthen supply chains against fake medicines, UNICEF and partners launched the Traceability and Verification System (TRVST) as a significant step toward improving patient safety and ending the devastating impact of the $30 billion counterfeit medicines industry in low- and middle-income countries., The hands of a person handing medicines to a woman sitting with a baby in her lap. Madagascar: One UN for strong health supply chains, In 2022, UNICEF leveraged its convening power to unite the Government, UN agencies, and other development partners to pool their strengths and make evidence-based investments to strengthen Madagascar’s health supply chain., Browse the report, Content June 2023, A Packed with love Delivered with hope Annexes SupplyAnnualReport 2022 Sourced with carePacked with love Delivered with hope Every child has the right to education. But in Afghanistan, girls are being systematically deprived of this fundamental right. In September 2021, schooling for Afghan girls over 12 was indefinitely postponed, and by December…
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.
29/11/2022

Driving innovation in construction at UNICEF

Innovation is an important part of UNICEF’s mission to realize the rights of every child, especially the most excluded. UNICEF is a powerful force for social transformation and can help address a range of humanitarian challenges, including water and sanitation, health, education and child protection.   Construction at UNICEF UNICEF construction…, Reimagining education systems in Cameroon using digital learning tools, Many construction innovations developed by UNICEF are focused on modernizing or scaling infrastructure for education.   ‘Connect My School’, for example, was launched to provide access to digital learning opportunities and reinforce quality education for children in Cameroon. The initiative supports Cameroon’s national mandate to provide…, Residential solutions to create safe living environments in Mongolia, UNICEF’s construction innovations take many forms and support its programmes for children, including direct support for family housing.   In Mongolia’s extremely harsh winters, coal-fired stoves are used for heating in traditional Mongolian dwellings known locally as gers . Consequently, air pollution in Mongolia is caused mainly by coal burning…, Innovative construction materials address multiple community needs, UNICEF’s innovation initiatives often take system-based approaches to devise solutions to development or humanitarian challenges. For construction, this frequently means the use of innovative materials.   Côte d’Ivoire faces a severe and mounting waste management issue. The province of Abidjan produces 288 tons of plastic waste daily, 90 per cent…, UNICEF construction: essential role in the success of our product innovations, For health systems in many low- and middle-income countries, the COVID-19 pandemic turned an existing oxygen gap into a crisis. The innovative Oxygen Plant-in-a-Box saves the lives of children suffering from pneumonia UNICEF’s Oxygen Plant-in-a-Box is an innovative emergency solution that produces enough medical-grade oxygen to treat up to 50…