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Cyclone Idai - Unicef UK's Children's Appeal

Cyclone Idai has left a trail of destruction across southern Africa, putting hundreds of thousands of children in danger. Children affected urgently need life-saving support and supplies. Please donate now to Unicef and help save children's lives.


Charity information: UNICEF UK

  • Need


    Over 2 million people, half of them children, are still at risk across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Thousands are displaced. Homes, schools, health centres and water supplies have been destroyed. In emergencies, children suffer the most. Protection risks increase and lack of nutritious food and clean water puts their health in danger. Unicef is concerned about the increased risk of disease, including cholera, which is deadly for children under five. We must act now to save children's lives.


    When disasters strike, Unicef is ready to respond with whatever children need to survive and to help them rebuild their lives. Unicef is working with the governments in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe to deliver life-saving supplies and services to affected children and families. We are providing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), nutrition supplies and psychosocial support for the most vulnerable children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)


    » Unicef is providing access to safe water to those affected.
    » Unicef is distributing hygiene kits, water purification tablets and sanitation supplies.
    » Unicef is delivering cholera prevention activities and treating children affected by acute diarrhoea diseases.

    What success will look like

    Unicef will report on children reached with life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene supplies. We will also report on children reached with cholera prevention and treatment.

    Aim 2

    Nutrition and Health


    » Unicef is distributing emergency therapeutic food supplies to treat acutely malnourished children in flood affected areas.
    » Unicef is supporting Infant and Young Child Feeding counselling and is providing breastfeeding assistance for pregnant and lactating mothers.
    » Unicef is establishing temporary clinics to ensure that people are still able to access health facilities in the affected areas.

    What success will look like

    Unicef will report on children reached with life-saving nutrition support, as well as parents and caregivers reached with crucial information on nutrition.

    Aim 3

    Child Protection and Education


    » Unicef is providing psychosocial support and counselling to children affected by the disaster.
    » Unicef is establishing child friendly spaces, where children can play, learn, and regain a sense of normality.
    » Unicef is helping to reunite families by providing support in tracing the families of children who have been separated from loved ones.
    » Unicef is working to get affected children back into the classroom, by establishing safe access to schools and providing emergency learning supplies.

    What success will look like

    Unicef will report on child protection and education interventions and strengthening of infrastructure and systems as part of the crisis response.

  • Impact


    After the initial response to this emergency, we will continue our long-term work to support children and families affected by the disaster, ensuring that they have lasting access to nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and protection services. We will demonstrate success by measuring our reach and impact, in line with Unicef’s rigorous monitoring and evaluating framework.


    The cyclone has caused extensive damage to water and sanitation infrastructure. Without access to clean and safe water and sanitation supplies, there is a heightened risk of disease outbreak. This would increase the scale of Unicef’s response. Access to affected populations is still a challenge. We are doing all we can to meet all affected children’s urgent needs, and protect them from new vulnerabilities that have arisen from this disaster, including disease and food insecurity.


    We will email/mail all supporters who have given to the emergency appeal with an update.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,200,000 Emerency Response Provide WASH, Nutrition, Education and Child Protection interventions.
  • Background


    Idai began as a tropical depression in the Mozambique channel on 4 March, dropping heavy rain over Mozambique and Malawi before heading back eastward towards Beira, by which time it had become a cyclone. It has also devastated parts of neighbouring Zimbabwe.


    Unicef will support the government to provide emergency relief for thousands of children and families affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. We are prioritising reaching children with assistance, as we know at times like this they are the most vulnerable; to disease, exploitation, physical danger as well as emotional distress, following their traumatic experiences.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Unicef is the world's leading children’s organisation and we have been working in southern Africa for many years on our commitments to children and their rights. We have strong relationships with government and local and international partners that, combined with our expertise in disaster risk management, can deliver aid to the greatest number of children. as part of this response Unicef is co-coordinating child protection, WASH, nutrition and education interventions, and supporting on health.

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    Unicef's Dedicated Emergency Specialists And Partners On The Ground In Mozambique, Malawi And Zimbabwe.

    Will support the governments in the affected countries in delivering life-saving emergency aid for children and families affected by this disaster.

“Cyclone Idai has hit a population, which was already in despair. The impact of the storm is multiplying their suffering. Thousands are displaced, because their houses are destroyed.”

Marcoluigi Corsi - Unicef Representative in Mozambique