UNICEF has been providing emergency assistance to children since the end of the Second World War works in over 190 countries around the world.
When an emergency strikes, UNICEF staff in the area react rapidly. The first aid we deliver usually arrives within 48 hours. Emergency specialists assess the immediate need, focusing on children and women. With permanent offices in the field, we're well placed to coordinate relief by road and air.
UNICEF also has a unique supply capability, with an international supply division in Copenhagen and regional hubs in other parts of the world. This means we can send out life-saving supplies like water containers, nutrition supplements and mosquito nets, as well as essential education materials very quickly.
Following emergency relief efforts, UNICEF works to promote long-term rehabilitation and improve conditions for children.
"In emergencies, the majority of the funding often comes from personal donations," says UNICEF UK's Exective Director David Bull. "Our supporters are very generous and they respond quickly and effectively when we ask them. We are very grateful for that."