A series of massive earthquakes tore through Papua New Guinea and left thousands of children in urgent need of food, water and shelter. Please don’t wait: donate now to help UNICEF deliver emergency supplies and save young lives.

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Communities in the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea are still reeling from huge earthquakes that struck in the first few months of 2018, triggering devastating landslides and wiping out entire villages.

Families lost their homes, water sources, health facilities and the gardens they relied on for food. Now, 125,000 children need immediate, life-saving assistance. Children are struggling to survive in overcrowded shelters with little food and no access to safe water or sanitation.

Douglas was struck on the head by falling rocks when the massive earthquake triggered a landslide. © UNICEF/Mepham/2018

On top of this, the humanitarian situation in Papua New Guinea continues to deteriorate with a public health emergency due to an outbreak of polio. UNICEF is supporting the government to respond to the outbreak and procurring over a million oral polio vaccines. In the first of four vaccination rounds, some 306,000 children have been vaccinated. 

UNICEF will do whatever it takes to help children in danger but we can’t do it alone: we need your support to provide more life-saving supplies.

UNICEF is working to:

  • Provide therapeutic food for malnourished children.
  • Procure 4 million doses of polio vaccines. 
  • Deliver water purification tablets and hygiene kits to prevent outbreaks of disease that thrive in emergency conditions.
  • Set up safe spaces where children can rest, play and recover.
  • Give psychosocial care to help children cope with the profound stress of losing their homes and family members.

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UNICEF is urgently working to stop this emergency from spiralling into a deeper disaster for children. 

Children need us and they need us now. Please help UNICEF reach them with life-saving support and protection.

Your emergency gift will help fund UNICEF’s child protection programs across Papua New Guinea, as we continue to provide water, sanitation and health care to children in danger. In the unlikely event that more funds are raised than are needed in PNG, UNICEF will direct your donation wherever children most need our help.
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This is how we use your donation

90 cents of every dollar donated to this emergency went directly to our emergency response work in the field.

10 cents per dollar from funds raised by the public went to investing in further growing fundraising in Australia.

The value of non-monetary donations and gifts as well as fundraising costs that are funded by UNICEF Geneva and not the public are excluded from this bar chart. The values above are from UNICEF’s 2017 Annual Report.