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Coronavirus Children's Emergency Appeal

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Children's Emergency Appeal

Coronavirus is becoming the greatest health crisis in recent history.

For the world’s already vulnerable communities the impact could be even more devastating.

In refugee camps around the world death rates could be devastatingly high.

In Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, there are only 10 ICU beds for 1.2 million people.

With your help our planned response will help save lives

in 50,000 communities across 50 countries.


Your support will go towards

Supplying hygiene kits and clean water

to families so they can safely wash their hands and prevent the spread of the virus in their communities.

Protecting girls from the risk of abuse

when their parents are sick, through counselling and foster care.

Distributing learning materials and radios to children

and helping teachers deliver distance learning, so children don’t miss out on vital education.
Beauty, who works for Plan International in Cox's Bazar, teaches children how to wash their hands.

Why Vulnerable Children are at risk

Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh is home to 1.2 million people, including almost 860,000 Rohingya refugees. Children and their families are settled in tents, with over 40,000 people per square kilometer – more than 40 times the average population density for Bangladesh.

One of the daily realities in the camps in Bangladesh is that women and children go to collect water. They’re going to joint areas, so the possibility for social distancing just doesn’t exist.

To deal with the recent outbreak of coronavirus in Cox’s Bazar, Plan International are distributing hand washing kits, ramping up child protection work and providing information sessions on coronavirus.


We urgently need your support to help children affected by Coronavirus

Photo of a girl washing her hands
Our work in sponsor communities, like this one in Nepal, includes installing essential infrastructure and access to water sources

Committed to Child Sponsorship

Our child sponsorship programme is more important than ever right now. We urgently need more sponsors to help fund projects that will help children to reach their potential during this difficult time and into the future.

To find out more about becoming a sponsor visit our child sponsorship page >

If you’re already one of our amazing sponsors, our coronavirus  FAQs for sponsors can be found here >

We’re closely monitoring the situation to ensure we can respond if sponsored children are impacted by the virus. If a sponsored child has been affected, we will share any information we can with their sponsor.