Medical Intervention


Diarrhea and pneumonia are still deadly diseases in many parts of the world — especially for refugee children under five. Help provide children in Africa with oral rehydration to help them recover.


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500,000 preventable deaths = 500,000 futures gone


Miriam, 7 years old Sudanese refugee girl comes to water point every day to help her mother.

Fatima and her children fled violence in Sudan. They walked for seven days with no access to clean water. As a result, 7-year-old Miriam suffered from diarrhea when they arrived at Maban refugee camp.

It can be hard to imagine that diarrhea is a pervasive cause of death, but every year water-borne diseases that cause diarrhea kill 500,000 children like Miriam.

"I had to make them drink whatever I found on the road. It was painful," Fatima recalled.

Miriam is well now and Fatima is relieved that she can keep her children healthy: "I'm so grateful UNHCR built this facility for us. Now, children can drink clean water wherever they are, school, playground and home. As a mother, I'm really happy for that."

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is grateful for the generous donor support that makes it possible to ensure access to clean, safe water, sanitation and healthcare facilities in refugee camps and settlements.


We promise to honor your generosity and use your donation in the most effective way possible to help refugees. The catalog items shown reflect periodic surveys of the countries UNHCR operates in and represent both the need and price of critical aid items. Although each item is representative of the gift category in which it appears, donations will be used to provide assistance where it is needed most.

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