Iman holds her sick daughter. Samir and his sister, Iman are living in Idomeni with their spouses and 12 children, including two babies. The families left Syria more than a month ago and want to go to Germany or any country in northern Europe. Their houses were destroyed by the bombs and their children could not go to school because they were destroyed too. Iman's* baby girl is sick and doesn’t´ stop crying. They went to the doctor’s tent, but her health hasn’t improved. Photo Credit Pedro Armestre 2015

Children's Emergency Fund
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Emergency Health and Nutrition

When crisis strikes, and children are at their most vulnerable, Save the Children is there. We are always among the first to respond, delivering emergency care and relief and staying as long as it takes to ensure children and families can recover and sustainably rebuild their lives. Save the Children’s presence in 120 countries facilitates the rapid delivery of evidence-based and innovative health and nutrition interventions that address the major causes of illness and death among the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Save the Children’s Emergency Health and Nutrition programs focus on basic lifesaving maternal, newborn and child healthcare, communicable disease prevention and control, the Minimum Initial Service Package for reproductive health in crises (MISP), including adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH), family planning, detection and treatment of acute malnutrition and breastfeeding promotion.

These program interventions are facilitated in close collaboration with national health authorities and through engagement with national and sub-national coordination mechanisms. In cases where local infrastructure and capacity are significantly diminished, Save the Children provides direct services as an interim measure until the transition of these services to local authorities is possible.

Emergency Health and Nutrition programs, where appropriate and feasible, are integrated with Save the Children’s other priority sectors including Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Child Protection, Education and Food Security and Livelihoods. This integration enables a holistic approach to meeting the needs of children and their families in times of crisis.

Program Highlights

  • Save the Children worked in Syria and surrounding countries to provide primary health care, nutrition and psychosocial services to child refugees and their families. We were also there when thousands of children and adults fled from East Aleppo after months of relentless bombing.
  • Determined to prevent the drowning deaths of desperate child refugees, we leased our own search and rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea. In just the first two months of the operation, rescued more than 2,700 children and adults, and provided them with emergency medical care, food and water.
  • We responded to crises in Africa and Southeast Asia, where children were forcibly displaced by war or suffering from sever hunger, delivering emergency health and nutrition to children in dire need.
  • When the mosquito-borne Zika virus threatened children’s lives in the Caribbean, Central America and South America., we mobilized response teams to provide the education and emergency preparedness needed to reduce transmissions.
  • When the worst El Niño on record caused Ethiopia to experience its most devastating drought in 50 years, Save the Children provided food, water, health care and other essential support to more than one-third of the 9.7 million people suffering from malnutrition. Almost 2 million of those we cared for were children, who, with their families, watched their rivers dry up, harvests fail and their livestock perish.

Where We Work

In recent years, Save the Children responded to health and nutrition emergencies in more than 20 countries, including Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Pakistan, The Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, the United States and Yemen.


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