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Coronavirus - Sudan: Violence cuts off access to health services for 14,000 children

Halth facilities were the only two centres which provided health and nutrition services for children in the area

A spike in tribal violence in western Darfur in Sudan has cut off more than 14,000 children from life-saving health services, as Save the Children was forced to close two health facilities and its field office in Masterei. The health facilities were the only two centres which provided health and…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 pushed victims of child trafficking and exploitation into further isolation - Save the Children

These children and adolescents are often deprived of their right to education, as 10% of them have never been to school and about a quarter have not gone beyond middle school

One in twenty child victims of sexual exploitation worldwide is under eight years old; increase in demand for child pornography in Europe; ahead of *World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (Thursday 30 July 30th), Save the Children releases report on child trafficking and exploitation; the COVID-19 crisis has changed the…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Save the Children calls on the government of South Sudan to review COVID-19 measures on school closure as violence against children surges

Save the Children held three consecutive webinars with children across South Sudan on how COVID-19 is affecting their lives whilst they remain at home

2.2 million children are missing out on education and children demand schools to be reopened; Sexual violence and child marriage is on the rise amongst girls in South Sudan; 1 in 3 schools have been damage, destroyed, occupied or closed; Only 3.5% of girls are enrolled in secondary schools. Save…

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Coronavirus - Niger: 1.2 million children and young people were out of school because of COVID-19

Children in Niger run the highest risk in the world of not returning to school after COVID-19 lockdown measures are lifted

An additional 1.2 million children and young people were pushed out of school in Niger at the peak of the restrictive COVID-19 measures in the country, bringing the total number who were not receiving an education to 3.8 million[i]. Although schools have now reopened, many of these pupils may never go back…

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Coronavirus - Sierra Leone: Innovative sexual health app to help prevent surge in teenage pregnancy due to COVID-19

Pregnancy complications are number one killer of girls in Sierra Leone, accounting for a quarter of all deaths of girls age 15-19

Disruption due to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone could lead to 23,000 extra teenage pregnancies by the end of the year, according to new analysis from Save the Children. To combat this, the organisation has launched an innovative, interactive game app for boys and girls which provides reliable information on sexual…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 and acute malnutrition - A double emergency

As a result of COVID-19 mitigation measures the number of people in East Africa who are facing food insecurity could more than double

I take care of him and when food is served, I take his food and I feed him. Lawrence* is my little brother that I love very much, and I would do anything to help him.” Leolida*, 12, Kenya AN ONCOMING HUNGER PANDEMIC David Beasley, Executive Director of the World…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 could reverse gains made for African children, warns Save the Children

Save the Children today launched its paper 'How To Protect A Generation At Risk', which analyses the primary and secondary impacts of COVID-19 on Africa's children

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse progress made for children in Africa by years or even decades, witheconomic aftershocks risking to push an additional 33 million children into poverty, according to Save the Children. With malaria levels projected to rise to levels of some 20 years ago, an estimated 265 million younger children…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Misinformation leads to increasing COVID-19 stigma in sub-Saharan Africa

Save the Children’s teams are working with local community leaders to promote awareness of factual information and dispel myths and inaccurate rumours about COVID-19

Several rapid assessments carried out by Save the Children in April, along with increasing anecdotal reports from staff, indicate that misinformation around how COVID-19 spreads is a concerning barrier to reducing infection rates of the disease. Prejudice against those affected by the virus, including frontline health workers and diaspora communities…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 hygiene measures must be enforced in schools set to reopen in West and Central Africa, says Save the Children

About 12 million children have been affected by school closures across Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal

Schools in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal that closed to contain the spread of COVID-19 reopen in about ten days. As thousands of children prepare to return to school across West and Central Africa, it is essential that hygiene measures required to slow COVID-19 are in place, says Save the…

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Coronavirus - Kenya: Joining Forces Alliance for Children in Kenya Statement on COVID-19 Emergency Response in Kenya

We salute all children and the people of Kenya for responding positively to the Government guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19

By Joining Forces Alliance for Children in Kenya COVID-19 Response We foremost commend the Government of Kenya for its on-going well-coordinated efforts on the COVID-19 Emergency Response. We acknowledge and applaud all the health care workers for their commitment in preventing, detecting and responding to various cases of COVID-19. We…