The outbreak of Novel Coronavirus has affected billions of people and touched every country and territory in the world. As Australians adjust to the challenges the situation presents at home, cases continue to rise worldwide. UNICEF is helping to tackle the impact of this new virus. We are here for children always and we won’t stop now.

On 11th March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The impact of this large-scale outbreak on children has been immense. Children are at risk from the disease, but also from the disruption to health and education services, impacts on caregivers, and separation from family members.

"This is a race against time."
In times like these UNICEF is there, sending supplies and support to the most vulnerable children and their communities.

Over 80 per cent of the world's children are out of school due to enforced closures and are missing out on an education. It is critical that access to learning, health, nutrition and protection services for children is not affected.

As well as planning our response to support Australian children and families, UNICEF is working to protect some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. In the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, we are ensuring children have access to safe water and sanitation to prevent a catastrophic outbreak. And, we're supporting healthcare systems already on the brink of devastation in Syria and Yemen to prepare for this public health emergency.

We need your help to scale up our response to ensure we can continue to care for children and their communities no matter where they live.

Your emergency donation to UNICEF’s COVID-19 will help support: 

  • Distribution of critical hygiene supplies & vital equipment to support health workers
  • Public health prevention & risk communication so accurate advice is available & to prevent the spread of the virus
  • Child protection & mental health services,
  • Quality education for children in affected areas, 
  • Provisioning of cash grants to households for basic needs,
  • Ongoing, essential healthcare for women & children, including vaccinations
"I wash my hands so germs don't get on them,"
UNICEF have scaled up hygiene programs to empower children and their parents to protect themselves

At least 90 cents of every dollar donated will directly support this response.

Home to over half a million Syrian refugees, nearly 70 per cent of public schools in Jordan don't have access to basic sanitation facilities. With this huge need for improved toilets and clean water for students, in particular for girls and children with disabilities, we need your support now more than ever to scale up our response.

Will you help us protect children through this health emergency?

Your donation will go directly towards funding UNICEF's work to support children and families affected by Novel Coronavirus. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your gift will go to supporting children in need in other emergencies.