Unicef appeals for $1.4bn to help women and children in 32 crises around the world

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 09 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1532
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

The UN children’s agency, Unicef, launched its 2011 appeal for humanitarian action on Monday 7 March. It is asking for $1.4bn (£0.9bn; €1bn) from donors to help deliver lifesaving aid to millions of children and women affected by crises in 32 countries.

Hilde Johnson, Unicef’s deputy executive director, told reporters at the launch of the 2011 humanitarian action for children report, “Unfortunately the number and scale of emergencies is likely to continue this year.”

The amount being sought this year is around 20% higher than the agency’s 2010 appeal, said Ms Johnson, a former Norwegian minister for international development.

Unicef estimates that nearly $276m, or about 20% of …

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