Unicef's team on the ground

Meet the people changing children's lives with your support

Unicef is a huge organisation. We supply vaccines reaching 45% of the world’s children, deliver 80% of the world’s life-saving food, and have provided cleaner water and sanitation for families in more than 107 countries.

But the numbers only tell part of the story. None of these achievements would be possible without the amazing people on the ground who, with your support, are changing children’s lives every day.

Patricia – Logistics specialist

Patricia Mugenyi is a rarity. In a field dominated by men, she is one of only a handful of female logistics specialists working for international organisations around the world.

Logistics and supply chain management is one of the most important jobs in any humanitarian operation. Without the proper planning, execution and distribution of life-saving supplies, an already-bad situation can fall into complete chaos and children’s lives can be lost.

Right now, Patricia is planning to make sure that more than a million Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps will have what they need to withstand the monsoon season.

Patricia organises how Unicef supplies reach the children who need them most.

“You move the school-in-a-box and the child can open it and play with a toy.

The satisfaction I get is out of this world” – Patricia

Auggy – Midwife

Auggy Ndlovukazi has delivered more babies than he can count. He’s worked at the Unicef-supported hospital in the Lubombo region of Swaziland for 18 years and currently oversees its busy maternity ward.

Good Shepherd hospital doesn’t have enough beds for all its patients. Also, the lack of ambulances in Swaziland means that many mothers arrive in the advanced stages of labour, increasing the risk of complications.

Despite the challenges he faces, Auggy remains positive and does everything he can for his patients. “Taking care of someone in need or who’s sick and making them better is the most important thing to me”, he says.

Auggy's hospital receives supplies donated by Unicef. "The equipment has been so helpful, I don't know what we would do without it."

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Sabu – Health educator

Sabu Akter is a young mother of a two-year-old who, along with hundreds of thousands of other Rohingya refugees, was forced to flee violence in Myanmar last year. The overcrowded conditions they now face in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp place the population – especially children – at very high risk of disease.

However, Sabu is determined to protect and empower others in her community to avoid these risks. Through a Unicef-supported programme she has trained to become a Community health educator. She goes door-to-door talking to mothers about the importance of sanitation and hygiene, maternal health and child protection.

Sabu gives practical advice to mothers in her community on how they can keep themselves and their babies healthy while living in a crowded refugee camp.

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“I got to learn how to take care of my baby, how to keep him safe and healthy.

I realised it was very important to tell other mothers in the community” – Sabu