Save the Children warns that the global coronavirus pandemic threatens to devastate children’s health and education, and cause unprecedented protection needs. In the largest appeal in its 100-year-history, the agency is aiming to raise $100 million to urgently keep children and their families safe during the global COVID-19 outbreak, the most serious threat to global health and security in modern times.
Since the start of the outbreak, Save the Children has responded to the needs of communities in countries impacted by COVID-19, including in China, the U.S. and across Europe. The coronavirus pandemic is now accelerating across lower-income countries, with new cases expected to reach 10,000 across Africa this week. The international humanitarian organization has warned that failure to act now in countries across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa could result in the loss of three million people’s lives.
“We have all watched in horror as the COVID-19 outbreak has turned lives, at home and overseas, upside down,” said Janti Soeripto, President and CEO of Save the Children. “The pandemic is now spreading across the world’s poorest countries, further crippling fragile health systems where children are already missing out on life-saving treatment for malaria, pneumonia, and malnutrition. It will leave many children without caregivers, out of school and in danger,” added Soeripto. “We only have a matter of weeks to take swift action that will determine how many lives we can save.”