Cases of deadly COVID-19 are devastating vulnerable communities across the globe. ​

More than 349 million COVID-19 infections have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic. More than 5.5 million people have lost their lives. These devastating numbers are understood to be just a fraction of the real scale of the pandemic.  As we enter our third year of COVID-19, many people are yet to gain access to a single dose of a vaccine.  
 

“We cannot vaccinate our way out of the pandemic one country at a time. We must work together to protect every one of us from COVID-19.”

- Ann Ottosen, Senior Manager with UNICEF Supply Division's Vaccine Centre

Medical centres, frontline workers and vulnerable communities desperately need your support. You can help to send life-saving supplies to where they’re needed most. Please, donate now.  

 

EMERGENCY UPDATE
 

COVID-19 cases are again spiking all over the world, fuelled by Omicron, a new variant of concern that public health experts and scientists are working hard to understand.

Health care systems in vulnerable communities are on the brink of collapse. They urgently need vaccines to help stop the spread, protective wear to keep health workers safe and oxygen to treat critically ill patients. 

UNICEF is on the ground and we are racing to get supplies to the communities most in need, but we need your help.  Please, donate now to send life-saving supplies to help in the fight against COVID-19.  
 

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Child in Budhanilkantha in Kathmandu receives COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Government of Nepal's vaccine drive. © UNICEF/UN0579419/

 

Help send life-saving supplies to help end this pandemic. 


Every day, health care workers are putting their lives at risk to care for desperately unwell patients. Currently, only 7.5 per cent (as of 20 December 2021) of the population of low-income countries have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, leaving many frontline workers unprotected and exposed to infection. 
 
With the Omicron variant driving new waves of COVID-19 infections across many parts of the world, this is likely to lead to increased demands on national health systems. This means we continue to rely on personal protective equipment to protect health care workers, particularly in regions with low vaccination coverage. 

Access to vaccines and masks is critical and cannot be delayed.

UNICEF’s longstanding expertise in the delivery of emergency supplies and vaccines makes us uniquely positioned to provide life-saving support – from big cities to the most remote, hardest to reach parts of the world. 

We’re helping to protect frontline workers, so they can continue to provide essential care for children and families.

“At UNICEF, we will continue our work to realise a more equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and work toward as fast a recovery as possible for billions of children and families worldwide.”

- UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore

By making a tax-deductible donation, you can help UNICEF deliver essential supplies, like masks to keep health workers safe, life-saving vaccines to lower-income countries where doses are scarce and training to health care workers on administering COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments.  
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After two years of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students in Uganda are finally back to learning in January 2022. UNICEF has supported the covid safe reopening of schools to prevent further learning losses and disruptions to every child's education. © UNICEF/UN0578952/Wamala

 

The hidden impacts of COVID-19 on children 


Children are the biggest victims of the pandemic. For children and young people, their formative years have been disrupted in a way that their parents never experienced. The impact can have life-long implications to children’s education, health, nutrition, and wellbeing.

As of January 2022,

  • More than 616 million students remain affected by full or partial school closures. The insurmountable global scale of lost learning, as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns, could set back an entire generation of students from reaching their full developmental potential. 
  • A staggering 100 million additional children are estimated to now be living in multidimensional poverty because of the pandemic, a 10 per cent increase since 2019.  
  • More than 50 million children are suffering from wasting, the most life-threatening form of malnutrition due to the pandemic’s impact on children’s diets, nutrition services and feeding practices. 
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt children’s lives, UNICEF along with partners are working to connect children with digital learning, raise awareness about child poverty as well as accelerate global efforts to tackle it and develop global guidelines for early detection and treatment of child wasting to ensure brighter futures for children around the world.  

Our teams on the ground are working to make sure children and young people are always supported through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to reach their full potential and thrive. 
 
UNICEF is there for children - no matter what. 
 
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Workers sort oxygen cylinders that are being used for COVID-19 patients. UNICEF is supporting procurement and distribution of oxygen supplies including cylinders, concentrators and generation plants to help communities in need. © UNICEF/UN0455355/Nanu/AFP

How will my donation help in the fight against COVID-19?

 

UNICEF’s teams are on the ground around the world, racing to reach health workers and families desperately in need.

  • With $90 you can help supply 216 face masks to help keep health workers safe.
  • With $135 you could provide 54 COVID-19 vaccines to lower- income countries where doses are scarce. 
  • With $255 you can help to train health care workers in three health facilities on administering COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments.  
We need your help to scale up our response to ensure we can send desperately needed supplies to communities suffering from COVID-19. No matter where they are. 
Because we’re in this together. 

Your generous donation can save lives

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Your donation will go directly towards funding UNICEF's work in procuring and delivering COVID-19 vaccines and supplies, including oxygen supplies, testing equipment and PPE, to the countries who need it most around the world. The prices indicated are indicative prices. Product prices may change as the response progresses. If you choose to offer ongoing support with a monthly donation, or 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, wherever the need is greatest.