Emergency Response

Emergency Response
In Sweden, NEXTGen focuses on raising funds to support UNICEF Sweden’s Emergency Fund.

During emergencies and humanitarian crisis, children are especially vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and violence. The chaos and insecurity of war threatens and/or destroys access to food, shelter, social support and health care; and therefore results in increased vulnerability in communities. Children living in armed conflict situations are more likely to be living in extreme poverty, less likely to be enrolled in primary school, and also more likely to die before their fifth birthday.

UNICEF focuses on helping the world’s most vulnerable children and their families; more specifically on the essential interventions required to ensure that children’s lives and rights are protected. UNICEF has a long history of working in emergency situations, both natural and man-made. The organisation was originally created to provide humanitarian assistance to children living in a world shattered by the Second World War; much has changed since then but UNICEF’s fundamental mission has not. UNICEF will not stop until every child is safe.

During an emergency, examples of UNICEF’s response include:

  • Ensuring that children and their families and communities have access to clean water

  • Building child-friendly spaces where children receive psychological support and have access to educational content

  • Vaccinating children against diseases

  • Treating children against malnutrition

In 2015, UNICEF Sweden has raised over 640 million SEK (or roughly $70 million USD), of which 9% went to UNICEF Sweden’s Emergency Fund:

  • Over 55% of those funds went to countries in Africa, notably in south of Sahara; 19% went to the Middle East and North Africa, 17% went to Asia (remaining to rest of the world)

  • Over 25% of the funds were spent on direct Health services and products, 21% on Education, almost 20% on Water, sanitation and hygiene, 13% on Nutrition, 13% on Child protection initiatives (remaining to social inclusion and HIV / AIDS).

When you donate money to UNICEF Sweden’s Emergency Fund, the money is distributed based on need; which means that most money goes to those who need it most: countries with high child mortality, low GDP per capita and the highest proportion of children in the population. The distribution will be long-term and predictable, but sudden and unforeseen needs should also be met.

UNICEF has never handled so many disasters at once. Together with their local partners, they work around the clock to protect children in emergencies. With your help we are able to reach more children.

Support our disaster response. The children need you now.