UNICEF has been providing emergency assistance to children since the end of the Second World War and has a presence in over 150 developing countries, with the international infrastructure to get aid rapidly to those in need.
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, UNICEF is well placed to coordinate relief by road and air.
UNICEF also has a unique supply capability, with an international supplies division operating out of Copenhagen and regional hubs in other parts of the world. This means we can send out life saving supplies such as water containers, nutrition supplements, 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 the affected country.
In the UK
When an international appeal is issued, UNICEF UK springs into action. Letters and emails are sent out to supporters, adverts are placed in newspapers and an online donation system is set up. We also attract donors via appeals on YouTube and mobilise fundraisers through social networking sites such as Facebook.
“In emergencies, the majority of the funding often comes from personal donations,” Executive Director David Bull comments. “Our supporters are very generous and they respond quickly and effectively when we ask them. We’re very grateful for that.”
A number of UK companies also help out in crisis situations and our celebrity supporters often record appeal films.