Emergency Response

Rohingya Crisis

Rohingya Crisis

Save the Children has been supporting the long-term needs of displaced Rohingya families and is now scaling up its relief work.



Donate to a Specific Emergency

When disaster strikes, chaos reigns. But Save the Children's relief workers help protect boys and girls from harm, sickness and hunger. Our emergency reserves, the Children's Emergency Fund, help us respond during the critical first hours and days after a disaster strikes. In extreme emergencies, we will set up a dedicated fund for a massive disaster or major crisis. Ten percent of funds donated for specific emergencies go to our emergency reserves, the Children's Emergency Fund.

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has left a wake of devastation, forcing vulnerable children and their families to evacuate their homes, not knowing whether they'll be able to return.

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria

Children and families in Puerto Rico are still reeling in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastating, direct hit. Save the Children’s relief experts are on the ground right now, doing whatever it takes to care for the most vulnerable in any emergency: children.

Mexico Earthquake

Mexico Earthquake

Save the Children is on the ground, responding to both devastating earthquakes with child-focused disaster relief efforts. Your support will help us protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families.

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

After tearing its way across a string of Caribbean islands and up through Florida, Hurricane Irma has left behind a trail of devastation. Please support our efforts to keep vulnerable children safe.

Child Hunger and Famine Crisis

Child Hunger Crisis

Conflict and the worst drought in 70 years has left 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and northeast Nigeria in urgent need of food and water. Millions more in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Niger are also suffering and need help urgently.

Syria Child Refugees

Syria Child Refugees

Syria has been a living nightmare for children and families tormented by six years of war and unimaginable hardship. It underscores how critical the situation is - and how desperately help is needed.

Child Refugee Crisis

Child Refugee Crisis

Children and families are on the move at unprecedented numbers, creating the highest level of refugee children since World War II. Help Save the Children deliver lifesaving and life-changing aid to refugee children.

Emergency Health Unit

When disaster strikes, it’s the first minutes, hours and days that matter most. That’s when most lives are lost, when children’s suffering is most intense.

It’s when health systems have been wiped out; when aid agencies are still making their assessments, preparing their response. And for every hour that passes, children suffer and die.

Our Emergency Health Unit is a network of health teams across the world: the right people, in the right place, ready to act.

Emergency Health Unit Brochure

Emergency Health Unit Fact Sheet

  • Speed

    We can deploy our teams within 24 hours. Inside 72 hours, they can be right there, on the ground, saving lives.
  • Expertise

    Our teams contain the ideal combination of health and operational specialists: surgeons, doctors, nurses; team leaders, engineers and logistics experts.
  • Reach

    They’re strategically positioned in emergency hotspots around the world and are fully equipped with the best tools for the job: field hospitals, mobile clinics, life-saving drugs and nutrition supplements.

Protecting Children

No one knows when the next earthquake, flood or tsunami will strike. But we do know children are severely affected by natural disasters. They also suffer greatly during conflict, drought and disease outbreaks. That's why Save the Children is prepared to help protect vulnerable boys and girls during disasters and their aftermath. Donate today to our Children's Emergency Fund and help us support children's needs throughout ongoing, complex emergencies.

  • Disaster Relief and Emergency Response Background
  • Emergency assistance is a core part of Save the Children's work. Whether recovering from Hurricane Katrina, Haiti Earthquake or the Indian Ocean Tsunami, children face an insecure and uncertain future in the aftermath of a disaster. Since our founding, Save the Children has responded to the needs of boys and girls in crisis around the world.

  • Responding to Emergencies
  • Save the Children responds to three basic types of emergencies — sudden-onset, slow-onset and complex emergencies. Save the Children develops and maintains local and international partnerships to meet the challenges posed by disasters and crises in high risk communities worldwide.

  • Preparedness
  • Over the past two decades, the number of natural disasters has increased four fold. But there is much that can be done to prevent and ease the suffering of children in the aftermath. In response, Save the Children has pioneered child-centered Disaster Risk Reduction.

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