Tuesday, February 27, 2024

ESCALATING NEEDS OF CHILDREN DRIVE UNICEF’S BIGGEST-EVER PROCUREMENT OF LIFE-SAVING SUPPLIES

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In 2022, UNICEF broke records for procurement for the sixth year in a row to meet the growing demands of children all over the world. This included the distribution of 3.4 billion doses of the vaccine, 2.1 billion tablets for purifying water, 38.1 million long-lasting insecticide nets, 162,000 education kits, and enough ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to treat approximately 5.1 million severely wasting children.

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The growing needs of children and families coping with new and ongoing humanitarian emergencies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ukraine, Yemen, the Horn of Africa, and the Sahel fueled the record-breaking value of supplies and services procured by UNICEF to US$7.383 billion, a 93% increase from pre-pandemic levels.

“UNICEF’s obtainment level in 2022 highlights a worldwide conversion of emergencies, with additional youngsters needing helpful help than at some other time since WWII,” said Etleva Kadilli, Overseer of UNICEF’s worldwide stock and strategies tasks. ” UNICEF took immediate action, collaborating with governments, partners, and donors, to provide vulnerable children and their families with essential supplies and to strengthen the systems that children rely on, such as education, water, and sanitation.

As indicated by the UNICEF Supply Yearly Report delivered today, the association moved north of 244,000 metric lots of provisions to 162 nations and regions – a weight identical to that of 1,200 Boeing 747 airplanes – including the conveyance of crisis supplies to 140 nations and regions. Moreover, UNICEF conveyed 2.4 billion routine immunization dosages to reach 45% of the world’s youngsters under 5 years old, close by 977.9 million portions for Coronavirus inoculation crusades.

A 90 percent increase in the procurement of nutrition supplies between 2021 and 2022 is also highlighted in the report as a response to the growing global hunger crisis and increased demand for RUTF. Enormous scope conveyances occurred to the Horn of Africa, where five progressive bombed stormy seasons in the beyond three years have left over 1.9 million youngsters in danger of biting the dust from extreme lack of healthy sustenance.

In a significant improvement in youngster wellbeing last year, UNICEF granted an agreement for the very first stockpile of a jungle fever immunization. The advancement follows fruitful experimental runs programs in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, and the World Wellbeing Association’s (WHO) suggestion for far reaching use in nations with moderate to high jungle fever transmission. In order to protect children under the age of five from malaria, which is one of the leading causes of death, UNICEF is collaborating with partners to ensure a healthy market for the vaccine, forecast demand, acquire the vaccine, and deliver it.

UNICEF’s global supply hubs in Copenhagen, Brindisi, Dubai, Guangzhou, and Panama City are crucial to its emergency response efforts because they store supplies that can be delivered as quickly as possible to children and their families. These hubs, strategically positioned all over the world, packed and delivered 409,000 kits to support children’s healthcare, education, and safety. The kits included medicines, school supplies, and supplies for sanitation and hygiene.

In 2022, UNICEF expanded on its partnerships with the transportation and logistics industries in an effort to alleviate the pressures on humanitarian supply chains and the resulting bottlenecks. UNICEF was able to deliver critical aid to 27 nations via donated air, sea, and road transport as a result of collaborative action.

As war, sickness episodes, environmental change, and food and sustenance emergencies flip around kids’ lives, UNICEF stays focused on arriving at youngsters with the crucial supplies and administrations they need to get by and flourish.

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