2020/02/02

SAVE THE CHILDREN IS AMONG THE FIRST TO RESPOND TO THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

How is Save the Children responding globally?

Around the world, Save the Children has launched a Global Coronavirus Response to help in the following the following ways:

We are hosting a series of pandemic preparedness workshops for global and local NGOs, in multiple locations across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Additionally, in support of the global humanitarian community, Save the Children is also leading a global consortium aimed at strengthening capacity for responses to major infectious disease outbreaks or pandemics, which is called READY. READY is engaged in building potential response scenarios to the emerging coronavirus, and other major epidemics/pandemic-prone pathogens.

We are preparing response plans for all 120 countries where we work, with special attention to scenarios of high transmission rates in low-resource countries.

Country examples

In China, we have delivered surgical masks to help and protect healthcare workers in Wuhan, and are working closely with our colleagues on the ground to provide additional support.

With a special partnership with Kellogg-HK University Science and Technology (HKUST) Executive MBA alumni network, we also donated hygiene kits to vulnerable families through a community centre and a school in Wuhan.

In Bangladesh, we are working in the Rohingya refugee camps to share information on the risks of the virus and to support this vulnerable group to protect themselves. We are repairing toilets and improving sanitation in the camps, and preparing our health facilities to treat patients.

In Italy, our teams are distributing tablets, books and educational games to children from low-income families to support their learning at home. We are also working with families to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing while confined to their homes.

In Jordan, we are adapting existing programming to ensure that children, including Syrian refugees in camps, are able to continue their education and access emotional and wellbeing support. Our team is also coordinating with partners to support the Ministry of Education by increasing and diversifying learning materials.

In Mexico, our teams are handing out hygiene kits and materials for families in migrant camps. These kits are vital for helping vulnerable families, providing them with soap, hand sanitisers and essential information on how to stay healthy and protect themselves from Coronavirus.

In South Korea, our teams are providing emergency supplies to protect children and their families from infection. We are working with community networks to operate out of 20 sites, using children centres and local government offices, to reach as many children as possible.

In Spain, we are offering therapy to children and families to support their emotional and mental wellbeing, and we are working with parents and guardians to strengthen their positive parenting skills so they can care for their children during the crisis. We are also supporting struggling parents with cash donations to buy food for their families.

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