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Families fleeing war are facing a deadly new threat.

Millions of children's lives are at stake as coronavirus hits war-torn countries like Yemen and Syria.

Saying this is urgent doesn't begin to describe how critical the situation is.

Years of conflict have decimated their healthcare systems. Even before coronavirus hit, entire countries’ infrastructures were already on the brink of collapse. Families just aren’t able to cope

With your support, we can help children survive.

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Years of hunger have left millions of children malnourished, making them more vulnerable to catching coronavirus with fatal consequences.

Your support will help keep children alive, protected and learning. If we act fast, communities will be prepared and resilient and together, we can help families survive. 

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our response in:

Shaif in Yemen


Yemen has the highest coronavirus fatality rate in the world. So far, 1 million people are predicted to have contracted the virus. We’re urgently:

  • setting up COVID-19 treatment centres to care for families with the virus
  • providing lifesaving malnutrition treatment for children
  • training frontline health staff and providing them with vital PPE 
Read our blog on how women and children in Yemen have been impacted by COVID-19: 'The Legendary Resilience of Yemen's Women Faces a New Test - the Coronavirus'


Tala in Syria


North West Syria recently saw its first COVID-19 case. Our partners have been working to adapt our response in the face of the pandemic, they are:

  • trucking in extra water supplies and distributing water tanks to families
  • increasing the number of aid distribution points and ensuring people practice social distancing in queues
  • holding COVID-19 awareness-raising campaigns for children to help minimize the spread


Save the Children health workers in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

In Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Social distancing simply isn’t possible for the 1 million Rohingya refugees who live in Cox’s Bazar. As a leading health provider, we:

  • built and opened an isolation and treatment centre to care for families with COVID-19 symptoms
  • continue to provide up-to-date medical information, so families understand how to protect themselves
  • run the nine existing health facilities we set up in 2017 so we can continue to provide life-saving healthcare during the outbreak
Read our blog on how Rohingya refugees and health workers have been impacted by coronavirus: 'COVID-19: Fighting An Invisible Enemy in the World's Largest Refugee camp'

Helping children in the UK

Here at home, the families of our poorest kids are struggling even more than they were before to make ends meet. 

That’s why we've acted quickly to put in place an emergency grants programme. 

The grants will help them purchase basic items and food. These are small grants – but they can make a big difference. 

In the UK, your donations can provide household items and help with bills to families in crisis.

Find out more about our coronavirus response in the UK.

How Your Donations Help

  • £17 could provide training for local health workers
  • £39 could buy handwashing kits to families to help protect themselves against COVID-19
  • £128 could buy 15 litres of disinfectant to help sanitise a medical clinic
  • £2,818 could buy 250 children in Yemen a ‘school in a bag’ kit to make sure kids don’t miss out on their education
Your donation will support communities directly affected by this crisis, both in the UK and globally. Where donations exceed the appeal target, they will be used wherever the need is greatest.

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