Community is important in a crisis. As well as being there for Australian children, UNICEF teams are urgently working to deliver critical hygiene supplies and public health information to children and families in our neighbouring countries. Strengthening fragile health systems in our region helps to keep Australians safe.
The coronavirus outbreak 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. In the Asia Pacific region, 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.
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 Donation Will Help Support:
- Distribution of critical hygiene supplies & equipment to support health workers in the Asia Pacific region.
- Public health prevention & risk communication to help stop the spread of the virus in the Asia Pacific region.
- Child protection, mental health services and quality education for children in affected areas in the Asia Pacific region.
UNICEF response in Australia
Australian children are the hidden victims of the coronavirus crisis. Their learning has been disrupted and they are unable to spend time with friends. Many are reporting increased strain on their mental health and wellbeing.
UNICEF Australia will be there to support children and families through the immediate crisis and throughout the long-term recovery.
"The virus is exacerbating existing
inequalities and families who are already
squeezed by poverty, drought, and
the bushfire crisis are the hardest hit."
In Australia we are listening to children and young people and helping to amplify their voices with decision makers and through the media.
Our teams are working with local partners to provide immediate support to children and families in bushfire and drought affected communities and in Indigenous communities.
We are also helping to inform processes led by the Australian Government to help accelerate the process of recovery for Australian children.
Melbourne Australia: Indigo skypes with his grandmother every morning at 9:30am. © UNICEF Australia/2020/Simons
UNICEF response in the Asia Pacific region
With fragile health systems and limited resources, if coronavirus spreads rapidly in the Asia Pacific region it could be catastrophic for children and their families.
Our teams are rapidly responding, shipping in much needed supplies, upskilling healthcare workers in infection prevention and control, providing technical expertise, and ensuring ongoing, essential healthcare for women and children continues.
"Urgent efforts are needed to contain the outbreak in the Asia Pacific region and to support health systems and communities to mitigate the impacts."
Due to the unpredictable nature of the virus and the continued spread, we are also working with governments and partners to develop contingency plans in countries with weaker health systems and limited capacity to deal with major disease outbreaks.
Will you help us protect children through this health emergency?
At the same time, it is critical that children can continue to access education, health, nutrition and child protection services throughout the crisis. UNICEF teams are rapidly scaling up existing programs, as well as finding new ways to support children to ensure they not only survive, but thrive.
“Now more than ever we must deliver on our promise to keep children safe and keep them learning." - Felicity Wever, Director of International Programs, UNICEF Australia.
Dili, Timor-Leste: a girl shows off the UNICEF online Learning Passport platform which provides a range of audio-visual material to help students continue learning during ongoing school closures. © UNICEF/UNI320754/Soares