We are doing everything we can to keep children, families and our staff protected and healthy.
In the UK, we're supporting families with our new emergency grants programme - providing household items and help with bills to families in crisis.
Every family we support will also receive a pack of resources, designed by our early learning specialists, including advice on how to support routines, make time for play and learning, and how to reassure little ones about the virus in age-appropriate language. Some of this advice can be found on our Den.
We're also calling on the government to play their part with a #FamilyRescuePackage - a set of practical measures to help ensure stability of income of families and children through this crisis.
Read more about our UK response
Globally, we have over 100 years' experience responding to outbreaks and pandemics.
In Hong Kong, we have distributed 20,000 masks and 5,000 personal-sized bottles of hand sanitiser to children and families. We have also provided 50,000 child-sized masks to vulnerable children.
In Italy, many of our programmes have been suspended but we continue to do all we can to help children. We're distributing tablets, books and educational games to help children from low-income families to support their learning at home, as well as supporting online learning and helping with preparations for when children eventally go back to school.
In Spain, we're making cash donations for food to families who are struggling financially. We're also helping children and families to continue their education during lockdown, and offering therapy to support their emotional and mental well-being.
In Mexico, our teams have handed out hygiene kits and materials for families in refugee camps - providing them with soap, hand sanitisers and essential information on how to stay healthy and protect themselves.
In the Philippines, we are giving families in the poorest communities a month’s supply of hygiene essentials, including soap and sanitiser. We also shared child-friendly illustrated explainers about the coronavirus and materials on proper handwashing, to help families get through this.
Presently, our global health teams are participating in daily World Health Organisation (WHO) calls, building response scenarios and undertaking preparedness activities across many of our country offices, especially those with weakened health systems.
In support of the global humanitarian community, Save the Children is also leading a global consortium aimed at strengthening capacity for responses to major infectious disease outbreaks or pandemics, which is called READY. READY is engaged in building potential response scenarios to the emerging coronavirus, and other major epidemics/pandemic-prone pathogens.
We have extensive experience of preparing for pandemics and responding to outbreaks. We’ve played a key role in responding to major epidemics, including Yellow Fever, cholera, measles and Ebola. We are determined to help curb the outbreak of COVID-19 and are ready to act whenever necessary.
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