28 June 2024

Investments in health and hope

Every child, no matter where they live, has a right to the best health care possible. At the heart of this work, community health workers play a vital role in connecting with families. Whether travelling by foot, boat, caravan or motorcycle, community health workers are reaching children with life-saving vaccines and essential health services in…, Colombia, Esperanza vaccinates a young boy in the community of Marilou. Esperanza vaccinates a young boy in the community of Marilou. Esperanza's local and community connections as a Wayuu help her to create meaningful connections with the indigenous population she serves. In Colombia, a community health worker with deep roots in Wayuu, an indigenous…, India, Two health workers ride on a motorcycle with blue cold coolers, filled with vaccines and health supplies, strapped to the sides. A health worker carries vaccines to the remotest areas carefully stored inside cold boxes. This work ensures that children in Darrang district, India aren't deprived of the routine immunizations. In India, dedicated…, Morocco, A young women speaks with a father about health in Souk Beni Ayat in the Azilal region. In Oct 2023, field workers carried out the project “Community Responsibility for the Prevention of COVID-19 The Promotion of Anti-COVID-19 Vaccination” in partnership between UNICEF and the Tadamoun Association (solidarity) thanks to Canada via Canvax funds. In…, Myanmar, A mother crouches down next to her two young children in Myanmar. Daw Ni Ni, a displaced mother in Kalay, Myanmar poses with her children. Through a pilot initiative supported by UNICEF, she was able to vaccinate her one-year-old for the first time. In Myanmar, amid escalating conflict and insecurity, access to critical health services has become…, Ukraine, A young girl in a pink coat walks outside holding hands with her parents. She looks back at the camera with a smile. A five year old girl walks outdoors with her parents who took part in human-centered immunization sessions supported by UNICEF. In Ukraine, efforts to integrate vaccines into primary healthcare and to train community health workers…
27 June 2024

Global Annual Results Report 2023: Humanitarian action

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. 
11 June 2024

Esperanza's road: A tale of hope in La Guajira

June 11 2023 For children in La Guajira, Colombia, hope arrives on a motorcycle. Esperanza is a 37-year-old community health worker with deep roots in Wayuu, an indigenous community in the far north of Colombia. Her name, which means 'hope' in Spanish, embodies her mission to bring better health and brighter futures to the people of her region. La…, Commitment and sacrifice, Esperanza rests in the hammock she uses as a bed while staying at the Paraiso Health Center. Esperanza rests in the hammock she uses as a bed while staying at the Paraiso Health Center. Esperanza’s work consumes much of her life. In the area of Bahía Honda, where the Paraíso Health Centre is located, she is in charge of almost 100 communities,…, A foundation of trust, Esperanza vaccinates a young boy in the community of Marilou. Esperanza vaccinates a young boy in the community of Marilou. Esperanza's local and community connections as a Wayuu help her to create meaningful connections with the indigenous population she serves. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Esperanza's role as a community health worker became…, The crucial work of community health workers, Esperanza Palmar sits at a desk at the Paraíso Health Center. Esperanza Palmar at her workplace in the Paraíso Health Center in northern Colombia, from where she works to administer vaccines in remote communities. The work of vaccinators and community health workers like Esperanza “is important for UNICEF because it is what allows us to see what…