Disaster relief for moms and newborns

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After a disaster or displacement, moms need help to keep their newborns warm and clean.

Why we care: Children are always the most vulnerable in any emergency.

How we are solving it: Save the Children has created a care package for newborns, which includes diapers, diaper rash cream, baby shampoo, and other essentials to distribute to mothers after an emergency.

We work with local partners to distribute newborn care packages immediately after a crisis in places like Syria and the Philippines. Depending on the location of the crisis, access to those impacted and the need to identify mothers with newborns, packages can be delivered within several days to a week. A typical newborn care package includes:

• 4 bottles of baby shampoo • 35 plastic bags to dispose of soiled  
  diapers
• 4 bottles of baby wash
• 4 bottles of baby lotion • 2 soft clean blankets
• 4 tubes of diaper rash cream • 2 wraps
• 2 soft bath towels • 2 caps
• 175 disposable baby wipes • 2 pairs of booties
• 70 diapers • 2 hooded pullovers

While some items may last a month, the newborn clothing and blankets will last much longer. These items mean so much to a mother and child – but are frequently unavailable where a disaster has struck or families are in shelters.

Each year, millions of children and families worldwide lose everything they own in disasters and conflicts or take refuge in unsanitary and overcrowded shelters and camps. Our goal is to have 550 packages ready to distribute. We will store them with other relief supplies in secure locations in areas of the world prone to emergencies. By assembling these care packages in advance we save time, save money, and avoid having to find items that may be in short supply after a crisis.

Distributing newborn care packages is just one facet of our global humanitarian relief, which Save the Children has done nonstop since our founding in 1919 to aid children affected by World War I.

 

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