Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Save the Children was among the first to provide supportincluding medical supplies and preparedness training, to the most vulnerable region impacted by coronavirus. Now, as school systems across the nation remain closed and the pandemic continues to spread globally, children – especially the poorest and marginalized – are facing increasing health, education and safety risks.

In fragile places like conflict zones, refugee camps, and overcrowded communities, where people are already struggling to survive, COVID-19 could have a devastating impact. An estimated 1.5 billion children are out of school, and most don’t have options for remote learning. In the United States alone, 30 million children who rely on school for both learning and meals are at great risk.

Around the world, Save the Children is distributing hygiene supplies to ensure communities can wash their hands, and vital health information on how to stay safe and prevent the spread of infection. Here at home, we’re focused on helping children and families cope with sweeping school closures by providing parents with guidance and tools to reassure and support their children during this difficult time.

Your donation today supports this important work keep children in the U.S. and around the world healthy, learning and safe during this crisis. We’re all in this together.

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Coronavirus & Kids: Resources from Save the Children

You’re not alone. As the world’s leading expert on childhood, we’re providing parents, schools and communities with tools and tips you can trust about coronavirus (COVID-19) and kids. Together, we’re doing whatever it takes to protect our children.

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Helping America’s kids learn and get nutritious meals during the Coronavirus pandemic

With 94% of schools closed due to coronavirus, Save the Children has been working to support vulnerable children in some of rural America’s poorest communities. 

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Helping kids during coronavirus pandemic, rain or shine

Severe weather recently impacted communities in Kentucky that were already struggling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Here's how Save the Children continues to respond when some of the most vulnerable children are left without power. 

Abed*, 11, sits with his siblings atop a pile of rubble in Yemen.

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5 Gifts that help protect children impacted by coronavirus

Widespread school closures caused as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic threaten the growth and development of the nation’s most vulnerable kids. Your gift today can help out-of-school children.

Furaha* and her family wait together in a transit camp in Uganda. They fled violence in the Congo. Millions of children like Furaha are living in vulnerable communities in countries all around the world and will suffer from the far reaching economic and social impacts of the measures needed to contain the pandemic.

Coronavirus is a devastating blow to children in poverty

Many children will not be in a position to isolate or distance themselves from others or comply with basic hygiene measures, including simply washing their hands, that help protect against coronavirus.

Samira*, 14, in the camp she was displaced to and currently lives in with her family in northern Idlib, North West Syria.

Distance Learning Is Making All the Difference for One Syrian Refugee

A woman in Mozambique using a sewing machine to stich a face mask to help her community prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In Mozambique, Communities are Sewing Face Masks to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

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How to talk about cloth face masks with children

As of April 3, the CDC recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” Our experts put together 4 simple ways to explain the guidelines to children.

An 11-year old boy stands near his home in the slum of Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone

Coronavirus must be beaten everywhere if it is to be beaten anywhere

The coronavirus pandemic has provided a stark reminder of our shared humanity, common interests and joint responsibilities.

A Save the Children staff member in Tennessee delivers school and health supplies to a family in Tennesse.

Across Tennessee, your donations are helping to deliver food and books to out-of-school kids

As local schools remain shut down due to coronavirus concerns, Save the Children is working to support communities that struggle with poverty.

Ayesha* (12) holds a water container at Lambashia Camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

8 ways to ensure gender equality is at the center of responses to COVID-19

Pandemics affect girls, boys, women, men and people of diverse gender identities differently, which is why gender equality must be at the center of responses to COVID-19, as a life saving measure.

A 4-year old girl stands next to several other children at a refugee camp in Bangladesh

The first confirmed coronavirus case in Cox’s Bazar exposes how our systems fail the most vulnerable

If there is one lesson for refugees that we must take away from this crisis – it must be that refugee camps, and a life in limbo, should never be considered an acceptable long-term solution..

A young girl plays with a toy stethoscope.

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A girl named Riley sits at a school desk while holding a thick hardcover book open as she smiles. Behind her is a bulletin board with bright posters of days of the week and months of the year printed. Photo credit: Michael Nylif/ Save the Children, May 2019.

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For a variety of reasons, including the immediate impacts on their health to social disruptions caused by outbreaks, children can be greatly affected.

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7 simple tips on how to talk to kids about the Coronavirus

As communities and schools work towards preventing the spread of coronavirus with precautionary measures, including closures or the cancellation of events, it’s likely that children’s awareness of the outbreak is growing.

Children practice good hygiene practices by washing their hands at an outdoor handwashing station.

How Save the Children health workers are helping to battle the Coronavirus

As the global leader in child-focused humanitarian response, Save the Children mobilized immediately.

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Together, We Can Help Protect Children Impacted by Coronavirus

Coronavirus—the biggest global health crisis of our lifetime—threatens children in every way. Thanks to the support of our donors, Save the Children is helping families and health workers get through this pandemic by delivering life-saving supplies, crucial health information and trusted resources. We can’t continue this important work with your help.


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