Even before the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global health emergency, UNICEF had rushed the first shipment of 6 metric tons of medical supplies to the front lines. To date, UNICEF has delivered almost 6 million protective items to health workers. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save and protect children and responds to about 300 humanitarian emergencies per year. In any humanitarian emergency, UNICEF puts children first. UNICEF’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is no different.
As the lead humanitarian agency looking out for children when emergencies strike, UNICEF knows what children need to survive difficult times. In addition to sending vital supplies, UNICEF is leading on preventative actions in communities to protect children’s health and the health of parents and caregivers so that they can continue to keep children safe. UNICEF is providing hygiene and medical kits to schools and health clinics and monitoring the impact of the outbreak to support continuity of care, education and social services.