Defending Play
with the UK government
and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

Soccer Aid for UNICEF is the world’s biggest celebrity football match, raising money to give kids the best start in life. But around the world, coronavirus is disrupting everything – it’s closing schools, stopping babies getting vital vaccines, increasing the risks of domestic violence and making life in disaster zones even tougher. This year we will come together and Play for Generation Covid.

Thanks to the UK government and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for matching donations, up to £3 million.

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Thanks to the UK government thousands more children will have…

Two girls washing their hands in running water

Clean water for handwashing

Children like Lala and Kristavine will be able to wash their hands to protect themselves from the spread of disease

two girls drinking safe clean drinking water

Safe, clean, water to drink

Children like Lala and Kristavine will have safe clean water to drink so that they can stay healthy.

Two girls watering vegetables

Water to grow food

Thousands more families will have water to grow food so that they can all stay healthy. “Chives are my favourite because they make the food taste good” Latsa.

The funding from the UK government will be used to construct solar-powered water networks across Malawi. Pumping safe, clean water straight to communities, schools and health centres so that 80,000 children can stay safe and healthy and able to play. It will help build children’s corners too, so kids have safe spaces to get protection from violence, find support to stay in school, get counselling, or simply play.

With your help, children can stay safe and well and grow up happy and healthy.

While the world waits for a Covid-19 vaccine, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF will continue to deliver life-saving routine vaccines to almost half the world’s children.

Gavi is working hard to ensure a Covid-19 vaccine becomes available globally as quickly as possible. And when it is, the match funding will help UNICEF and Gavi work together to ensure it is funded and distributed fairly around the world, and that the poorest countries don’t miss out.

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Baby recieving vaccinations

Vaccines are vital to supporting children's health

3-month-old Zuka receives her vaccines at the Dayr Hafir temporary clinic, provided by UNICEF to serve as a makeshift alternative for the fixed health centre currently being rehabilitated in eastern rural Aleppo.

Young girl getting polio vaccine drops

Thanks to support from GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, and the UK government

UNICEF was able to provide all vaccines and cold chain equipment to run a 5-day national immunization campaign across Syria, despite restrictions resulting from the global spread of COVID-19.

Father holding smiling daughter

Vaccines will protect children from killer diseases.

Coronavirus has prevented children from getting vaccines in many places. With your support, we’ll make sure kids like Donatel get the medicines they need to grow up safe and well.

Photo: All photos: Unicef/Asselin

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Since 2012 Soccer Aid for UNICEF has received more than £14.2 million in Aid Match funding from the UK government. With those funds UNICEF has enabled thousands of children to grow up happy healthy and able to play.

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With your help, children can stay safe and well and grow up happy and healthy.