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Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief

UNICEF Emergency and Disaster Relief

Providing Relief to Children in Emergencies

UNICEF is the world leader in providing humanitarian relief for children and their families. And this year, UNICEF needs an additional $900 million to meet the needs of women and children caught up in emergency situations. Among the crises that UNICEF is currently responding to are:

Learn more about UNICEF’s lifesaving emergency and disaster relief work and this year’s critical funding needs. Read the Humanitarian Action Report Update.

Leader in Disaster Relief

UNICEF was created after World War II to help children living in war–ravaged areas. And though its work has grown exponentially, UNICEF is still the leader when it comes to emergency and disaster relief efforts for children.

With more than 11,000 staff worldwide; 350 warehouses globally; strategic transit hubs in Copenhagen, Dubai, Panama and Shanghai; and a 24/7 emergency operations center in New York, UNICEF stands ready to provide both immediate and long-term necessities—food, water, shelter, protection and physical as well as mental health care—whenever a crisis arises. UNICEF also works to reunite children with family and provides care for those who are orphaned.

In 2012, UNICEF responded to 286 emergencies—from civil conflicts to earthquakes—in 79 countries.

Related Emergency and Disaster Relief Links

March 24, 2014

UNICEF Fights to Contain Ebola Outbreak amidst Child Deaths in Guinea

NEW YORK (March 24, 2014) – In response to an Ebola outbreak that has already left at least three children dead in Guinea, UNICEF immediately rushed five tonnes of aid, including medical supplies, to the most affected areas.

December 24, 2013

South Sudan’s Violence Puts Children in Peril

As the violence in South Sudan escalates and tens of thousands of civilians take refuge in UN compounds around the country, children are in grave danger, says UNICEF.

December 9, 2013

UNICEF Provides Emergency Supplies to Treat Children Injured in Central African Republic Fighting

UNICEF has distributed emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, following clashes in recent days that have left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced.

 More on UNICEF's Emergency Relief Efforts

Hurricane Relief | Tsunami Relief | Flood Relief | Earthquake Relief


2013 Humanitarian Action Report

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$20 can provide 480 High Energy Protein Biscuits to provide children with nutrition in the wake of a disaster.

$140 can provide a Basic Family Water Kit to provide clean drinking water to 10 families.

$256 can provide a School-in-a-Box kit to set up a temporary school for 40 students during an emergency. The kit contains a chalk board, notebooks, pencils, erasers, scissors and even multi-band radio.

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