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Current emergencies 

Whether it’s a cyclone, bushfire or conflict, we do whatever it takes to reach children and their families with life-saving aid.

When disaster strikes

Save the Children responds to many emergencies every year. Some unfold rapidly. Others, like the Syrian conflict, are protracted with no immediate end in sight. Whether it's a cyclone, bushfire, flood or conflict, we do whatever it takes to reach children and their families with life-saving aid.

Our emergency responses around the world

With so many emergencies happening around the world right now, here is just a selection of where Save the Children is working and how we are responding.

Ukraine crisis

Ukraine crisis

The sudden escalation of conflict in Ukraine is having devastating consequences for children, families and vulnerable populations across the country. Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes in freezing temperatures where they are exposed to injury, hunger and terrifying uncertainty as to what their future holds. Our response is providing urgent support for families in evacuation sites and villages under threat. We are distributing emergency items such as blankets, medicine and hygiene kits to those in need. We are working in neighbouring countries, including Poland, Romania and Lithuania to support children and families fleeing Ukraine.
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Afghanistan crisis

Afghanistan crisis

Children in Afghanistan are caught in a humanitarian crisis that threatens their safety and wellbeing. In extremely challenging environments for emergency situations, it is always children who suffer the most. The political instability and departure of much of the humanitarian support and infrastructure from Afghanistan has resulted in countless children going hungry and being forced to live outside without shelter, food or medical care. Our teams are committed to remaining where the humanitarian need is greatest. We are supporting vulnerable children and their families to access food, clean water, healthcare, shelter and critical services that provide protection and support.
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Australian climate disasters

Australian climate disasters

In the first hours after children were evacuated from their homes in the 2019/2020 Black Summer bushfires, we were there to support them through our Child-Friendly Spaces in evacuation and relief centres. When devastating floods claimed lives and destroyed homes across Australia’s east coast in 2022, our Child-Friendly Spaces gave children an opportunity to leave their stress behind and express themselves through play. We work with local authorities to mobilise outreach psychosocial support in communities that have been hit hardest by a crisis. Once the immediate emergency passes, we continue to work with families and schools through our school-based Journey of Hope program, to ensure the most heavily impacted children receive the support they need to process what they’ve experienced.
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Cyclones, climate and COVID-19 crisis

Cyclones, climate and COVID-19 crisis

Our Pacific neighbours are on the front line of climate change, and extreme events like tropical cyclones, floods, drought, and king tides are becoming more intense and more frequent. These extreme climate events are inflicting damage and destruction on communities and placing ecosystems and the health of people, especially children, at serious risk. When an underwater volcano erupted in Tonga leaving 80,000 people severely affected, including 28,000 children, we were able to support recovery efforts by shipping critical supplies to help get children back to school. Through the Children’s Emergency Fund our disaster response can help communities become more resilient and prepared for the next climate crisis.
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COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

While COVID-19 impacts us all, some of our nearest neighbours are on the brink of a human disaster. In Fiji, the virus is devasting lives and livelihoods, forcing families to rely on food relief packages. In Papua New Guinea it is overwhelming the poorly resourced health system. And in India and Indonesia children and families continue to suffer as the tragic body count swells. We are supporting local health authorities to speed up vaccine roll outs, providing COVID care kits, food, nutrition, financial and psychological support to help protect the most vulnerable children while our neighbours struggle to cope with this human crisis.
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Rohingya refugee crisis

Rohingya refugee crisis

Years after violence forced more than 900,000 Rohingya people to flee Myanmar and settle in the vast Cox’s Bazar refugee camp, survival continues to be a daily challenge. More than half of the refugees are children. In the overcrowded camps, there is limited access to services, including healthcare and quality education. Our teams are repairing latrines and shelters damaged by fires and monsoonal rains, providing safe spaces where children can learn, and hygiene kits to stop disease spreading among already vulnerable people.
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Child hunger crisis

Child hunger crisis

After a century of progress, we are now seeing a reversal in the number of children surviving around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic is compounding the effects on vulnerable communities that are already living in conflict settings or with the burdens of climate change. It is causing the ‘perfect storm’ that is pushing millions to the verge of starvation. Across the globe, 174 million people are at crisis levels of food insecurity, having to make difficult choices to ensure they have enough to eat. In fragile and conflict-affected states, our teams are working to strengthen health and nutrition systems, while we campaign to address the underlying causes of this avoidable crisis.
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Yemen crisis

Yemen crisis

The war in Yemen has created the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Hunger, disease, and bombs are claiming children’s lives every day. We are treating children suffering from severe malnutrition and providing food to stop others becoming dangerously malnourished. We are supporting hospitals and health facilities in a country where the health system is at breaking point. We are providing psychosocial support to help children cope with what they are going through and setting up spaces where children can feel safe to learn, play and begin to recover.
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Syria crisis

Syria crisis

An entire generation of Syrian children have been displaced by more than a decade of conflict and are struggling to survive without food, medicine and clean water. As the violence and disruption continues, their lives continue to be at risk. We are working in Syria and in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan where many Syrian families have fled, to deliver lifesaving support. We are helping parents feed their babies and children, providing safe spaces, warm clothes, shelter, and psychological support for traumatised children.
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