Emergency Response

Syria Children Refugees

Syria Child Refugees

Since the beginning of the conflict, Syrian children have been the forgotten victims of the horrific war. Today, over 5 million children are in need of assistance, including over 1 million Syrian children who have sought refuge in neighboring countries. These children are at risk of becoming a "lost generation" and cannot be ignored. We must save Syria's children.

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.

We Don’t Choose Sides. We #ChooseChildren.

Children don’t choose sides and neither do we. We choose children. Thanks to you, whenever and wherever children are in crisis, Save the Children is there, working around the clock to meet children's unique health, education and protection needs – even in the most challenging, the most complex, the most controversial circumstances.

Ebola Emergency

East Africa Food Crisis

Close to five million children risk going hungry as the result of a worsening food crisis in Ethiopia – making this natural disaster the worst in recent history.

Refugee Crisis

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.

2015 presented the world with unprecedented challenges. Thanks to your incredible generosity, Save the Children responded to 99 humanitarian crises in 59 countries, directly reaching 13.8 million people, including 7.1 million children.

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.

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

  • 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.
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