UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF works tirelessly to ensure every child around the world has a safe, healthy, happy childhood, regardless of their circumstances.
Since 1990, UNICEF’s work has helped reduce the number of children under age 5 who die from preventable causes by 57 percent. Today, UNICEF vaccinates nearly half the world’s children, saving 3 million lives every year.
Even before the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global health emergency, UNICEF had rushed six metric tons of medical supplies to the front lines. To date, UNICEF has delivered tens of millions of protective items for health workers, medical equipment and hygiene supplies. Now, 40 million health care and frontline workers won’t have to risk their lives to save lives. Key to UNICEF's effectiveness is its humanitarian warehouse in Copenhagen, the world's largest, which can ship emergency supplies anywhere in the world in 48 to 72 hours.
UNICEF is also leading on preventative actions in communities to protect the health of children and their parents and caregivers. And now that 191 countries have closed schools nationwide, UNICEF is finding ways to help children keep learning through online classes and radio broadcasts. As of the end of March, over 154 million children in eight countries whose schools have closed are getting the support they need to learn at home.