Coronavirus is the biggest global health, social and economic crisis of our lifetime and is tearing children's lives apart.
All over the world, we are rapidly adapting our existing work whilst preparing for outbreaks of coronavirus in countries with weakened health systems, fragile contexts or limited capacity to respond. We have also launched our Agenda for Action which calls on the global community to unite and protect a generation of children.
Below is small portion of the work our teams are doing to ensure that children survive, learn and are protected throughout this pandemic. Read our global response plan.
Around the world our teams are distributing hygiene materials to help children and their families protect themselves from coronavirus. We're also sharing essential information so families are accurately informed about how to stay healthy.
In Bangladesh, we are working in the Rohingya refugee camps to repair toilets, set up handwashing points and improve sanitation. We are also adapting our existing health facilities including setting up a health centre with temporary isolation beds for coronavirus patients.
In Nigeria, we are working with the Lagos State Government to make sure that children don't miss out on their regular immunizations and that our existing services for malnourished children can continue. We are also supporting Cameroonian refugees with clean drinking water and hygiene kits, as well as sharing accurate and up-to-date information to displaced families.
Globally, over a billion children and students have had their education disrupted by coronavirus. Many run the risk of never returning.
We're calling on governments to to keep learning alive during lockdowns with accessible distance learning, and to ensure every child returns to school when it's safe to do so.
In Italy, our teams are distributing tablets, books and educational games to children from low-income families to support their learning at home. We have produced online after-school activities which nearly 45,000 children have taken part in. We are also training teachers to deliver quality distance learning.
In North East Syria, we are adapting our programmes so children can continue their education from their homes, including distributing learning materials and following up with socially-distanced visits from our education team. We are also increasing the support we offer to parents to help them during this stressful time.
As in any crisis, children are at increasing risk of violence throughout the coronavirus pandemic, particularly girls and those in fragile settings.
We are campaigning in support of the UN Secretary General's call for a global ceasefire so people can respond to the crisis and the 415 million children living in conflict are protected from further harm.
In Norway, we are advocating to make sure that children who feel unsafe at home have a way to seek help and that the child welfare system can continue throughout the crisis.
In the Philippines, we have developed guidelines to make sure children are protected online. We are supporting parents and carers to identify if their child is under stress and sharing tips for home-learning. We have provided food, vouchers and cash to families who are struggling and in need of extra support.
Save the Children has launched a $100 million appeal - the biggest appeal in our 100-year history – to protect children no matter where they live. Together, we can help children and their families get through this, both in our own communities and around the world.
We urgently need your support.