Supporting crisis-affected communities and strengthening personal resilience
The global number of disasters is expected to continue to increase in the coming years, exacerbating the suffering for communities who are trapped in the vicious cycle of disaster-response-recovery. This leaves affected communities unprepared and uncapable of learning from previous emergencies, further increasing crisis damage, vulnerability, and disruption. To break free from this cycle, we need to address crises with a preventive, multi-faceted approach. By mainstreaming prevention, invisible needs, such as mental health, and resilience into our responses, we can achieve long-term impact on communities, helping them to thrive better in face of future crises.
Prevention and preparedness saves lives. Crisis response should not only be about relief efforts and recovery but also preventing future disasters and reducing their impact. We must continue to adapt responses as the crises and needs evolve over time.
It’s our firm belief that prevention is the best form of protection. Before a catastrophe occurs, we aim to help at-risk communities proactively anticipate emergencies to reduce the impact of a disaster.
We closely collaborate with a range of local and international organizations before, during and after a crisis. With their knowledge, expertise and resources, we can tailor our responses to the needs of the affected communities.
We focus on integrating Mental Health Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) whenever possible to address invisible needs, helping communities and individuals to build personal resilience.
2023 Climate-related disasters
- Most significant one was the earthquakes in South-eastern Türkiye and North-western Syria for which we are also addressing mid- and long-term needs linked to our mental wellbeing and social equity pillars
- Examples of disasters supported: Afghanistan earthquake in October, Hawaii wildfires in August, Canada fires in June, Malawi cyclone in March
2022: Ukraine focus
- A multi approach response to assist those affected by the war in Ukraine to support immediate, mid and long-term needs
2021: COVID-19 vaccines
- 1,700,000 people received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines as part of our global campaign to support UNICEF’s efforts to ensure vaccine equity worldwide
2020: COVID-19 response
- 2,400,000 people supported worldwide
- Donations made to 220 charities in 35 countries