A Save the Children worker in Kenya opens a box of COVID relief supplies to distribute to a local healthcare center.

A Save the Children employee distributes hygiene kits and PPE to Langata Health Center in Kenya. Photo Credit: Mark Wahwai / Save the Children

6 Things to Know About Save the Children’s Life-Saving Coronavirus Response

Children around the world – especially the poorest and marginalized – are facing increasing health, education and safety risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Save the Children is helping families and health workers get through this pandemic by delivering critical supplies, information and care.  

  1. The number of confirmed COVID cases globally has now surpassed seven million worldwide, with seemingly no end in sight. Save the Children aims to train 100,000 more health care workers over the next six months in response to this health crisis. Prior to the pandemic, our teams were already working with half a million community health workers across 44 countries – delivering vital health services that protect children from killer diseases – like pneumonia, malaria, sepsis and measles.

  2. Tragically, the U.S. has surpassed 100,000 deaths related to coronavirus, as well as more two million reported cases of COVID-19. Thanks to our supporters, we are able to continue to respond to some of the most vulnerable communities and keep kids healthy and learning by delivering food and supplies and supporting opportunities for at-home learning.

  3. Globally, we are strengthening our programs to provide health and education support, and responding to the unique needs of girls and women, as well as refugee, migrant and displaced communities. When coronavirus cases spike in places like Yemen, which has a high population of displaced children, Save the Children is on the ground making sure they have enough food to eat, can access healthcare, can continue their education, and are protected from violence.

  4. The pandemic makes the world an even more difficult place for girls. Due to being confined in their homes, women and girls are facing increased risks of gender-based violence, as well as disruptions in access to education and other critical services. Meanwhile, as poverty deepens, children may be forced to work, and adolescent girls forced into early marriage. Here are eight ways we’re addressing gender equality in our COVID-19 response.

  5. School closures are not only disrupting children’s education, but the lack of routine and safe childcare poses a growing risk to children’s physical and psychological wellbeing. Learn how the pandemic is affecting children’s mental health and what you can do to help. Save the Children is using our decades of experience with kids in crisis to give parents guidance and tools to reassure and support their children during this difficult time.

  6. The number of people suffering from acute hunger could nearly double due to the virus, totaling more than a quarter of a billion people by the end of the year. Millions of children across the Horn of Africa have been impacted by COVID-19 and are also contending with swarms of locusts that are devastating crops. Given existing high levels of hunger and malnutrition, experts are expecting a substantial increase in emergency nutrition needs in the coming months. Save the Children is working closely with governments, the United Nations and partners across the Horn of Africa in response.

Support our work to keep children healthy, learning and safe during this crisis—visit savethechildren.org/coronavirus to learn more and donate.

 

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