The worst health crisis of a generation is challenging the world.
We are extremely concerned how COVID-19 will affect the most vulnerable.
Children face specific risks
Although children appear to be less impacted by COVID-19 than older adults, the pandemic will affect the environment in which they grow and develop. Our experience of working on the Ebola crisis shows health emergencies affect girls and boys, women and men differently.
The challenges for children, particularly girls, range from disruption to education, increased risk of sexual violence and negative impacts on their mental health. These impacts will be much greater in poorer countries.
We are active in large refugee camps and with families who have been displaced, usually as a result of conflict. These families live in crowded spaces often with poor hygiene, sanitation and health services. The impact of the virus would be catastrophic for these people.
How we're responding
Plan International’s response will support the most vulnerable children around the world.
We will work with communities, governments and partners to tackle the spread of COVID-19 by sharing public health information, promoting best hygiene practices and installing hand-washing facilities.
In refugee camps where we are already working we will intensify support and preventative measures.
We will also work with teachers, parents, health care providers and partners to ensure children get the support they need during this crisis.
Please donate now by selecting your nearest office from the drop-down box above, so we can help vulnerable children affected by the crisis.