Helping more children survive and thrive involves everyone pitching in, including the U.S. Government. This support is needed now more than ever as COVID-19 upends the lives of children and families across the globe, with the most vulnerable at greatest risk. That is why we are asking Congress to provide a voluntary contribution to UNICEF of $175 million for Fiscal Year 2023.
As a reflection of our collective values, the U.S. Government's annual contribution to UNICEF is part of America's investment in reducing child mortality and improving the lives of children around the world.
Speak out today and show your Members of Congress why they should partner with UNICEF to protect children most in need around the globe!
As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to provide $175 million for Fiscal Year 2023 as the U.S. Government's voluntary contribution to UNICEF, included in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations. This important contribution to UNICEF's core resources is critical to UNICEF's extraordinary work to fight COVID-19 and its impacts on children, and enables UNICEF to be on the ground before, during, and after humanitarian emergencies.
The U.S. Government's support for UNICEF is an effective investment in helping save and improve the lives of children around the world and reflects American values.
Since its founding in 1946, UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any humanitarian organization. Thanks to strong, bipartisan House and Senate support for UNICEF and for child survival, the number of children dying before age five from preventable causes has dropped by nearly 60% since 1990. However, around 5 million children under-5 still die every year unnecessarily, and UNICEF continues to work to reach every single vulnerable child.
The funding UNICEF receives in the annual appropriations enables UNICEF to be an indispensable partner of the United States in protecting children from preventable deaths, supporting basic education, fighting the impact of HIV/AIDS on children, and protecting children from violence, exploitation, and abuse. The contribution also enables UNICEF to partner with American service organizations such as Kiwanis International to fight iodine deficiency disorders and maternal and neonatal tetanus, and Rotary International to work for the global eradication of polio. These are examples of successful initiatives that are strongly supported by the American people.
The need for core resources is more important than ever, as we work to overcome the pandemic and respond to both the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 across all sectors. 50 million children suffer from wasting, the most life-threatening form of malnutrition, and this figure could increase by 9 million by 2022. In response to the pandemic, in 2021, UNICEF delivered 941 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 144 countries and shipped half a billion items of personal protective equipment and other supplies, including masks, gloves, N95 respirators and oxygen concentrators. UNICEF also helped 4 million children with treatments for severe acute malnutrition, supported an all-time high 48 million out-of-school children with learning materials, and reached 47.2 million children, adolescents, parents and caregivers with community-based mental health care and psychosocial support.
UNICEF's work around the world has expanded in response to crises, conflicts and COVID-19. Contributions to UNICEF's core resources provide funding for UNICEF's infrastructure and staffing needed to address the needs of children around the world throughout their entire childhood. A U.S. contribution of $175 million to UNICEF is critically important to UNICEF's ability to partner with the United States to respond to the pandemic, help vulnerable children survive and thrive, invest in innovative solutions, and respond rapidly to conflicts and crises.
The U.S. contribution to UNICEF is one of the most worthwhile global investments in children we can make, so I encourage you to provide $175 million for UNICEF within appropriations for FY 2023.
Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to hearing from you.