Where we work
Our teams of experts are strategically placed in emergency hotspots around the world. They're fully equipped with the best tools – mobile clinics, life-saving medicine and nutrition supplements – to save lives in the first stages of an emergency.
Every minute counts
When disaster strikes, the first minutes, hours and days are critical. That's when children's suffering is most intense and the most lives are lost.
In those initial moments, as children and families face the reality of what's happened to them – as time is ticking away – our Emergency Health Unit will be ready to act. This rapid response could be the difference between life and death. Every minute counts.
Below is a guide to how events might unfold in the event of a disaster. Please note, this is a representation of our target timeline. In a typhoon or cyclone, teams could be deployed before the storm makes landfall.
01:00 Team leader briefs team.
01:30 Packing lists sent to charter companies to prepare aircrafts.
03:00 Flights confirmed. Itinerary proposed for staff. Loading crews on standby.
05:00 Pre-packed staff kit bags collected.
06:00 Supply aircraft loading begins.
12:00 Cash float provided.
13:00 In-country team arranges onward transport and accommodation.
14:00 Team checks in at airport.
18:00 Trucks depart for airport with our pre-positioned emergency supplies.
24:00 Supplies transferred from trucks to waiting aircraft. Team touches down in country.
27:00 Team briefed by in-country staff.
28:00 Onward transport and accommodation provided. Supply aircraft awaits landing permit.
34:00 Landing permit received; departure scheduled.
44:00 Supply aircraft lands in country.
46:00 Team arrives in disaster area within the first 48 hours. Unloading of supplies begins.
56:00 Unloading complete. Transit of supplies to emergency warehouse in disaster zone, with security support.
66:00 Supplies transit complete.
72:00 Fully-equipped team begin direct response reaching affected communities.
How you can help
The key to the Emergency Health Unit's success is collaboration and partnership – and that means you can play a crucial part in this ground-breaking initiative.
We need your support to make the Emergency Health Unit a word-class emergency healthcare and medical assistance service. If you're a medic, paramedic, an engineer or a logistician, or you would like to support this work – we want to hear from you. Register your interest now at EHU@savethechildren.org.au.