How is UNICEF Helping the Fight Against Coronavirus?

Since early January 2020, UNICEF has been preparing for and responding to Coronavirus

We have been working closely with WHO, governments and our partners to stop the transmission of the virus, protect the most vulnerable, reduce mortality and minimize its effects in health and social services 

This is a global pandemic, which will hurt refugees, displaced persons and children living in poverty the most.

Please help us deliver life-saving medical supplies, protective equipment and hygiene supplies to the world’s most vulnerable people.

Donate now.

Buy and Transport Medical Supplies


Since the outbreak, UNICEF has delivered 118,791 N95 masks and 180,850 surgical masks, 38,543 protective suits, 13,844 gowns, 45,632 protective goggles, 1.2 million surgical gloves, 20,004 heavy-duty/examination gloves, 4,991 sample collection kits and 5,916 thermometers to countries affected by the outbreak.

So far, close to $1 million worth of Personal Protection Supplies, e.g masks and gloves, have been shipped to Algeria, Bhutan, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine and Venezuela.

These medical supplies are vital to ensuring the safety and protection of children, families and health workers.

January 2020, a shipment of personal protective equipment arriving at an affected country | © UNICEF/UNI284468/

Provide Handwashing Facilities


Handwashing with soap is one of the cheapest and most effective things you can do to protect yourself and others against Coronavirus.

However, this basic method of protection is out of reach for billions of people across the world.

For refugee or displaced children living in camps or temporary settlements in the Middle-East, a pandemic like Coronavirus will cause untold devastation.

Children living in crowded slums or areas of high population density will be particularly susceptible infection.

UNICEF is working to ensure children and their parents have access to appropriate handwashing facilities.


A man washes his hands outside Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong | ©UNICEF/UNI287422/Wallace/AFP-Services

Support Children Out of School


With outbreaks in more than 100 countries around the world, UNICEF is racing to mobilise our teams and partners to help support the millions of children now out of school.

We need your support to help keep children safely occupied and learning in their homes.

We need to bring distance learning into homes via, TV, radio and the internet.

No child’s education should be disrupted because of COVID-19. With your support, we can ensure all children continue to learn.

Children attend a UNICEF-supported early learning center | © UNICEF/UNI304721/

Hand Hygiene

Excellent hand hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap is critical to tackling Coronavirus.

€60 would provide 300 bars of soap to vulnerable communities.

Protect Children From Coronavirus

Here is how your donation can save lives:

A donation of €60 would provide 300 bars of soap – enough to protect a community or village.

A donation of €75 would provide 250 face masks and 200 pairs of surgical gloves to health workers, families or vulnerable persons.

A donation of €150 would provide 3 water and hygiene kits to families in need.

The package contains: 2 10-litre water containers, 1 bucket, 12 bars of soap, 6 packs of water purification tablets, surgical gloves, surgical masks, 2 small towels and 2 packages with washable napkins.

Other Ways to Donate

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 878 3000, our office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

You can send your donation by post to


UNICEF Ireland,
33 Lower Ormond Quay,
Dublin D01 R283.

You can help reach more children affected by COVID-19.

Please donate today and help protect children. 

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your donation will be directed to where the need is greatest.