Overcoming disruption to health services
Global health services have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, severely impacting the most vulnerable. Humanitarian response has included the provision of personal protective supplies in 29 countries, life-saving child immunization campaigns and the supply of critical hygiene items and services.
COVID-19. 362 million doses of the vaccine were shipped globally through COVAX. A further 1.4 billion doses are forecasted for 2022. WHO
Medical supplies. 2 million people, including health workers, reached with personal protective equipment supplies in twenty-nine countries. UNFPA
Hygiene items. 26.9 million people reached with critical WASH supplies - including hygiene items - and services. UNICEF
Refugees. 4.2 million refugees, asylum-seekers and others of concern in 74 countries received essential healthcare services. UNHCR
Vaccination plans. 160 countries are including refugees and other persons of concern in national COVID-19 vaccination plans. UNHCR
Sexual health. Adolescents and young people (aged 10-24) reached with tailored sexual and reproductive services in 33 countries. UNFPA
Ebola vaccine. Over 800 health frontline workers and contacts were vaccinated with the Ebola vaccine, after the outbreak in Côte d'Ivoire. Health Clusters
Health training. 2 million healthcare staff and community health workers trained in infection prevention and control. UNICEF
Averting alarming levels of hunger and extreme poverty
COVID-19 has devastated livelihoods around the globe and extreme poverty is rising. Drought, floods and other climate crises have threatened the livelihoods of those living in rural areas in addition to ongoing conflict and political instability. The number of acutely food insecure people has increased dramatically and the risk of famine is now a reality. Humanitarians have responded with urgent actions including cash-based transfers and direct food assistance, support to the self-employed, live-stock feed and help with crop production.
Livelihoods. 18 million people have received livelihoods assistance: cash, heating, livestock rearing, crop production and fishing. FAO
Food assistance. Nearly 105 million people received direct food aid in the first nine months (January - September) of 2021. WFP
Safe water. 34 million people, some forcibly displaced, accessed safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. UNICEF
Cash transfers. Partners handed $1.6 billion in cash-based transfers to vulnerable people and communities across 67 countries. WFP
Procurement. 3.3 million metric tons of food were procured for a total value of $1.7 billion. 30% was procured locally. WFP
Counselling. Over 10 million primary caregivers of children (aged 0-23 months) receiving Infant and Young Child Feeding counselling. UNICEF
Malnutrition. 2.4 million children with Severe and Acute Malnutrition (SAM) were admitted for treatment. UNICEF
Prevention. Over 5.5 people in six countries experiencing famine received cash, seeds, fishing kits, livestock feed and veterinary care. FAO
Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable People
The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects have taken a heavy toll on the most vulnerable in communities, who were already experiencing disproportionate challenges in accessing services including health care and education. Humanitarians have responded with actions including the provision of facilities for women and children to access reproductive health services, supporting persons with disabilities to participate in communities and assistance to survivors.
Psychosocial support. 5 million children and caregivers accessed mental health and psychosocial support. UNICEF
Risk education. 1.3 million children accessing explosive weapons-related risk education and survivor assistance interventions. UNICEF
Sexual health. 29 million women of reproductive age were reached with sexual and reproductive health services and supplies. UNFPA
Risk mitigation and prevention. 8.6 million women, girls and boys accessed GBV risk mitigation, prevention or response interventions. UNICEF
Healthcare. 22.4 million children and women accessed primary healthcare in UNICEF supported facilities. UNICEF
Trauma care. More than 429,000 beneficiares received trauma care consultations in Afghanistan. Health Cluster
Family planning. 6 million people were reached specifically with family planning services in 39 countries. UNFPA
Early learning. Almost 110 million children accessed formal or non-formal education, including early learning. UNICEF
Basic Services to Support Refugees
The number of refugees remains at a record high. As crises become increasingly complex and protracted, fewer can return home and are living-in crowded conditions with limited access to water, sanitation and health facilities. The humanitarian system has provided key services to support refugees, almost half of which are women and girls. This includes provision of safe drinking water, cash assistance, mental health services and vital health care.
Protection. 4.75 million displaced children - including stateless, disabled and separated - benefited from protection services. UNHCR
Camp management. Over 6.6 million people reached with CCCM interventions in 4,074 sites across 13 countries. CCCM Cluster
Education. Over 896,900 refugee and host community children in 80 countries supported with connected or home-based learning. UNHCR
Social protection. 2.51 million refugees and asylum-seekers in 95 countries benefit from increased or expanded social protection. UNHCR
Food assistance. Almost one million people impacted by the Venezuelan crisis in 17 countries, received food assistance.UNHCR
Healthcare. 4.2 million refugees, asylum-seekers and others of concern in 74 countries received essential healthcare services. UNHCR
Localization. Over 1,500 local actors were trained on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) across 17 countries. CCCM Cluster
Cash transfers. 4 million beneficiaries, including refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs and others, received cash assistance in 99 countries. UNHCR
Mainstreaming Protection and Gender-Based Violence
Over 70 per cent of women and girls living in some conflict contexts have experienced GBV. The pandemic’s socioeconomic impacts have only intensified this risk. Greater access to social protection and affordable, quality and accessible health-care services is urgently needed. Humanitarian actors have provided protection services including legal aid, GBV services and psychological support to vulnerable groups including women and girls, young people refugees and asylum seekers.
Safe report channels.
3.2 million people with access to safe channels to report sexual exploitation and abuse. UNICEF
Legal aid. 11.3 million people received protection services, including legal aid, referrals to GBV services and psychosocial support. UNHCR
Safe spaces. 12,000 safe spaces for women, adolescent girls and young people were supported in 38 countries. UNFPA
Mine action. 4 million people were reached with mine action either clearance, risk education or victim assistance. UNMAS
Ensuring Timely and Efficient Humanitarian Operations
From moving goods and equipment to relocating disaster-affected people, humanitarian response relies on efficient transport and communications systems to reach those in crises and provide the help they need. Coordination and information management is key to supporting operational decision-making and improving the predictability, timeliness and efficiency of the humanitarian emergency response.
Air services. 236,100 passengers across 23 operations transported by the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service. Logistics Cluster
Relief items. Storage for 42,394 m3 of relief items and dispatch services for 19,959 mt of cargo to more than 400 different locations. Logistics Cluster
Preparedness. Preparedness activities to strengthen national Information Technology capacity and resilience to disaster in eight countries. ET Cluster
Communications. Over 10,500 aid workers across 450 different organizations assisted with Emergency Telecommunications services. ET Cluster
Providing Multi-Sectoral Responses to Regional Situations
At regional level, humanitarian partners continued joint and coordinated efforts to address the needs of and risks faced by refugees and migrants, as well as other persons of concern, and host community members in 39 countries. Inter-agency partners focused on ensuring protection and promoting solutions through multi-sectoral response activities supporting the objectives stated in the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and ensuring appropriate linkages with the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and Global Compact on Migration (GCM).
WASH. 366,000 refugees and migrants from Venezuela and members of host communities received WASH assistance. UNHCR
Food assistance. 1.9 million of individuals impacted by the Syrian crisis at regional level received food assistance (cash, voucher or in-kind). UNHCR
Healthcare. 612,352 individuals among Congolese refugees and host communities accessed basic health services. UNHCR
Education. 324,500 South Sudanese refugee children in the five hosting countries enrolled in school programmes. UNHCR
Source: ET Cluster, CCCM Cluster, FAO, Health Cluster, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNMAS, WFP and WHO data as of mid-October. UNFPA data are estimates as of October and do not include every country in which humanitarian services were delivered. Results will be updated on the UNFPA data portal as new data becomes available.