Cases of deadly COVID-19 are devastating vulnerable communities across the globe.
More than 167 million COVID-19 infections have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic. Almost 3.5 million people have lost their lives. Lack of access to reliable testing facilities means these numbers are understood to be just a fraction of the real scale of this pandemic.
A vicious second wave of COVID-19 has brought India’s healthcare system to breaking point. Banquet halls have been converted into makeshift wards. People line for oxygen, but it is in desperately short supply. Every minute, two families say goodbye to a loved one.
Now, infections in South Asia are skyrocketing.
The region accounts for almost half of the world’s new cases, with the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal battling the same devastating scenes as India. Nepal is reporting a 25 per cent surge in infections among children and adolescents.
During the first wave of the pandemic, an estimated 228,000 children and 11,000 mothers across South Asia died due to severe disruptions to essential health services. With the current surge four times the size of the first, and medical centres overwhelmed, the consequences of this wave of the pandemic could be devastating for children and families.
South America is also facing grim milestones, with Argentina and Uruguay reaching record high cases in recent weeks.
In Brazil, a contagious mutation is causing infections to surge. More than 450,000 people have died. Only the United States has recorded more fatalities.
UNICEF is on the ground in every one of these countries and we are racing to get supplies to the communities most in need, but we need your help. Please, donate now to send emergency supplies to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Health workers help a patient inside an ambulance at a recovery centre to treat Covid-19 coronavirus patients in Mumbai. © UNICEF/UN0452715/Paranjpe/AFP
Protecting those most at risk
Every day, health care workers are putting their lives at risk to care for desperately unwell patients. In many countries, personal protective wear is still in short supply, and frontline workers remain unvaccinated.
Over 1.5 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but health workers in some countries are yet to receive a single dose.
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.
By making a tax-deductible donation
, you can help UNICEF deliver essential supplies, like life-saving oxygen, protective wear, sanitation kits and vaccines.
A government health worker checks the temperature of a child at a riverside community in Brazil, as part of efforts to detect COVID-19 cases. © UNICEF/UNI377008/Sarraf/AFP
Health care crisis for children as COVID-19 surges in Brazil
As Brazil faces surging numbers of infections, its healthcare system is at breaking point. While families desperately seek care for their loved ones suffering from COVID-19, the impacts are felt across the community.
In most states, more than 90 per cent of intensive care beds are in use by critically ill COVID-19 patients, leaving little resource available for other essential medical care.
Already, pre- and post-natal services in Brazil’s capital cities have fallen by 90 per cent. As routine immunisation coverage for Brazilian children falls, measles, the biggest killer of children under 5, has begun to resurface.
UNICEF is racing to send essential supplies to hospitals, health care workers and families in desperate need around the world. But we need your help.
Brothers Alem and Kamil (names changed) help carry their newly received family hygiene kit back to their tent in a displaced persons camp in Syria. These kits have been distributed by UNICEF to help protect children and families from COVID-19. © UNICEF/UNI334456/Almatar
The pandemic isn’t over until it’s over for everyone.
As the COVID-19 virus spreads, new variants emerge. These have the potential to become more contagious, and more deadly. We’ve already seen mutations spread across the UK, South Africa, India and Brazil.
By slowing the spread of COVID-19 through testing, vaccinating and hygiene practices, we can help to reduce the likelihood of devastating new variants evolving.
As well as providing medical centres with supplies needed to respond to the critical needs of patients with COVID-19, UNICEF is supporting families to help curb the spread of the virus while making sure essential services for children continue. Your donation can help to provide vulnerable communities with hygiene and sanitation packs, so they can protect themselves from infection.
Porters carrying COVID-19 vaccines to health facilities in Jumla District in Nepal’s remote far-west region. UNICEF delivers supplies the hardest reach parts of the world. © UNICEF/UN0427642/
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 $95 you can help to keep an oxygen generation plant running, providing critical patients with life-saving oxygen treatment.
- With $160 you could help provide 2 water and hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, soap, buckets and water purification tablets
- With $230 you can help to deliver enough vaccines to protect 47 people from COVID-19.
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 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.