International health charity Merlin is joining Save the Children to create a world-class humanitarian health force for children and their families living in some of the toughest places in the world. By combining Merlin’s unique network of frontline health workers with our global reach in over 120 countries, we will be able to help more children affected by disaster and conflict.
Tuesday 16 July 2013
Why is this happening?
Merlin and Save the Children have responded to many different crises across the world together and there has always been mutual admiration between the two organisations. Now there’s a shared recognition of the huge potential of combining our efforts.
We’ve worked alongside one another since Merlin was founded 20 years ago. While there have always been differences in scale and breadth of programming, our shared values and a commitment to helping those in extreme need make this a natural fit that will help save more lives.
Merlin approached us to explore the possibility of joining Save the Children to create a world-class humanitarian health force combining the expertise of both organisations.
We welcomed this opportunity to extend our ambitious humanitarian and health programmes and significantly expand and deepen our frontline health capabilities for children and their families.
Merlin has become part of Save the Children. During a phased transition Merlin will work with us to ensure we manage this change in a way that protects and further expands Merlin's life-saving world class health programmes.
What it will mean for children?
Merlin joining Save the Children will provide substantially greater reach, impact and value for money for frontline health services.
Together we can be more than the sum of our parts, and ultimately it will mean more children’s lives are saved.