Will you help girls in crisis in the world’s most vulnerable communities?
With mass quarantines and lockdowns, this global pandemic is drastically impacting all of our lives.
But the threat it poses to children and families living in vulnerable communities around the world is catastrophic.
We know that the easiest way to halt the spread of coronavirus is through practising social distancing and good hygiene. But in sprawling refugee camps like Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, entire families live crammed into tents or temporary shelters without access to soap, water, or basic sanitation and hygiene.
Without the basics of soap and water they need to protect themselves, already vulnerable communities will be decimated once COVID-19 hits. And if that happens, millions of children will lose carers, education, and protection.
That’s where we urgently need you.
With more than 80 years of experience, Plan International is expertly placed to respond to this crisis. By supporting vulnerable communities around the world with hygiene kits, access to clean water, handwashing guidance and public health information, you can help stop the spread of COVID-19.
We cannot afford to wait on this. Will you donate today to help halt the spread of coronavirus?
Coronavirus has the potential to derail a girl’s future
Soap, clean water and public health support are the first line of defence to stop the spread of COVID-19. But we also know from our experience responding to previous epidemics like the Ebola virus that girls and young women face additional danger during pandemics.
If girls or women are isolated at home, they’re more at risk of gender-based violence. Girls are also more likely to be married off early during times of economic crisis.
If schools close, all children will face interruptions to their learning, but for girls this could mean a permanent end to their education.
If existing food shortages become worse, girls and women are often fed the least and last. This can have a greater impact on their health – and leave them already weakened once the virus hits.
Our life-saving work to provide children with health, education and protection has never been more critical. The need for support has never been greater.
Provide support to local health authorities and community health workers with the training and resources they need to ensure the practice of safe hand hygiene.
Prevent or respond to gender-based violence during times of increased need for home isolation.
Ensuring children keep learning, even when schools close. We will distribute learning materials and help teachers to deliver distance learning.
We will support parents and caregivers to provide safe home environments for both learning and play.
Provide targeted psychosocial support to vulnerable households and children, such as women at risk of domestic violence and children living on the streets.
Train members of the community who are well placed to care for children in case of a COVID-19 outbreak.
Drive public health awareness of COVID-19 via TV, internet, radio, posters so communities understand the severity of the situation and ensure that everyone, including children, are looked after during this pandemic.
Sanitation & Hygiene
Increase water, soap and sanitation facilities in camps like Cox’s Bazar to urgently prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these already vulnerable community settings.
Distribute public health information and supplies to contain the spread of COVID19, alter food and market attendance to phases and people limits, and establish systems to ensure that families will have the basic necessities in case they need to self-isolate or quarantine.