In 2020, the Save the Children global movement reached 44.9 million children across 117 countries including here in the UK, thanks to the help of supporters like you.
Our movement's COVID-19 response in 2020 supported 29.5 million children and adults across 87 countries. In the UK we supported 10,000 of the most vulnerable children with emergency grants, including early-learning packs, vouchers, toys and essential household furniture like children’s beds.
We helped 27.9 million children survive through our movement's health and nutrition work. We and our partners:
- delivered life-saving healthcare and nutrition to 9 million children in humanitarian emergencies
- tackled pneumonia – the single largest infectious killer of young children worldwide – by helping to supply children in hospital with oxygen, make life-saving vaccines more widely available, and convene global health experts and decision-makers to find new ways of fighting the disease
- fought undernutrition – by warning the world of the additional child malnutrition deaths the coronavirus pandemic threatens to cause and rolling out a new method of malnutrition detection in Kenya.
We supported 12 million children to learn through our movement's education programmes. We worked with communities, partners and governments to:
- make sure children living in conflicts and emergencies – including refugee children – can get the education they tell us is their number one priority
- fight for girls’ right to an education and tackle obstacles – such as child marriage – that stand in their way
- improve learning for children during their crucial early years – around the world and among the UK’s poorest communities – when it can make the biggest difference.
We fought relentlessly to protect 3.1 million children through our movement's protection programmes and spoke up for millions more around the world. In 2020, we worked with our partners to help children on the frontline of some of the world’s worst conflicts and in contexts where children are at risk of harm:
- pushing for peace in Yemen, the repatriation of children trapped in Syria and justice for the persecuted Rohingya communities of Myanmar
- providing expert psychological support for Palestinian children who’ve endured Israeli military detention and those left emotionally scarred by the massive explosion in Beirut
- training community volunteers in India to protect children at high-risk of abuse.
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