A student from a school in Gokwe North district, Zimbabwe, uses a handwashing station provided by Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit.

Long after the cameras have left and the news agenda has moved on, Save the Children’s teams are still there, helping children rebuild and recover after a disaster.

Our Emergency Fund allows us to leave a lasting legacy for children’s health: reaching schools and families with vital education on hygiene, water purification and other health practices.

When a cholera outbreak hit Zimbabwe, for example – with more than 10,000 suspected cases – the Emergency Fund allowed us to deploy our Emergency Health Unit to tackle it.

The team conducted a cholera awareness campaign to help contain the spread of the virus. We distributed hygiene essentials and water purification supplies to families, schools and health facilities in the worst affected areas.