No place in Yemen is safe for children. The country faces a triple catastrophe of conflict, a cratering economy and now coronavirus. Unicef is working round the clock to get supplies to children in need, in extremely difficult circumstances. But time is running out and we need your help.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 14 July 2020 to 12:00 PM, 11 August 2020
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Coronavirus is devastating this already fragile state. 80% of the population need humanitarian aid including 1.71 million children who are internally displaced. Only one in three people have running water and the health system is on the brink of collapse. There is growing demand on medical staff and hospital resources such as gloves, soap and ventilators. We are in a worrying situation where, without urgent funding, we may have to suspend vital programmes. This will be catastrophic for children.
Working with the Yemen government, World Health Organisation and other partners, we are distributing supplies such as test kits, respirators, face shields, and gowns; training health workers in infection prevention and control, distributing hygiene kits and setting up quarantine centres; reaching communities with transmission prevention messages via TV, radio and social media; developing a distance learning plan to ensure that children continue to learn and teachers can continue to work.
I heard about the pandemic and there are many cases. God help us... I think a thousand times about how to protect my family. I can’t help but get out to provide a living for them. If I stayed home, we would starve to death.
We refused to close down at this critical time when the community needs us the most. We decided to continue to raise people's awareness about coronavirus.
In pushing back against COVID-19, we must also continue to respond to the other essential needs of children – treating those who are severely malnourished, delivering vaccines, protecting them from violence and exploitation, and making sure they don’t miss out on their education.
The generosity of our donors over the years has been truly lifesaving to millions of children. With COVID-19, this generosity is more necessary than ever and will allow us to not only respond to COVID but also to continue doing our vital work for children affected by the biggest humanitarian crisis.
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