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Children in crises

Every year, the lives of millions of children and their families are disrupted, upended or nearly destroyed by emergencies. Conflict, human-made disasters and wide-ranging, climate-change events challenge the lives of many who are already vulnerable.  UNICEF is there for children in crises.

Today, an estimated 535 million children – nearly one in four – live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, often without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection.

 

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On 15 August 2016, in the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site (POC) in Unity State, Maet, 6, carries an old broken saucepan with a hole in it to school so he has something to sit on during class. He says “Its really uncomfortable, I wish I had a proper seat please.” Maet came to the POC in Unity State South Sudan with his family because of the heavy fighting in his village. “I saw many bad things, but I am very happy at school now.”

 

 

UNICEF’s Work in 2016

The below are part of UNICEF’s achievements against targets for children in 2016

Nutrition

Nutrition

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2.4 million children treated for severe acute malnutrition

Health

Health

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Over 24 million children vaccinated against measles

WASH

WASH

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29 million people provided with access to safe water for drinking, bathing and cooking

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Protection

Child protection

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3.0 million children accessed psychosocial support

Education

Education

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11.7 million children accessed formal or non-formal basic education

 

 

 

UNICEF’s Target in 2017

The below are part of UNICEF’s target results in the 48 hardest hit countries in 2017

NUTRITION

Nutrition

3.1 million children to be treated for severe acute malnutrition

HEALTH

Health

8.3 million children to be immunized against measles

WASH

WASH

19.3 million people to have access to safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene

CHILD PROTECTION

Child protection

2.4 million children to have access to psychosocial support

EDUCATION

Education

9.2 million children to have access to formal and non-formal basic education

HIV AND AIDS

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592,000 people to have access to information, testing and treatment

CASH-BASED TRANSFERS

1.8 million people to be reached with cash assistance

 

 

 

 

CURRENT EMERGENCIES

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Famine Crisis
IMG_1503© UNICEF/UN046853/Hasen Syria Crisis
x25© UNICEF/UN012790/Georgiev Refugee and Migrant Crisis
2B6A6213© UNICEF/UN047287/Bradley Hurricane Matthew
20170123 - eastern Mosul schools 3© UNICEF/UN049565/Anmar Iraq Crisis

 

© UNICEF/UN050316/Farid Yemen Conflict
© UNICEF/UNI201744/Rich South Sudan Crisis
© UNICEF/UN08032/Le Du Central African Republic Crisis
UN041141_LOW-RES© UNICEF/UN041141/Vittozzi Nigeria Crisis
IMG_0581© UNICEF/UN032913/Mukwazhi El Niño