Emergency response is a core part of Save the Children's work. In Mongolia, the dzud, an extreme winter disaster, affects children in Mongolia in many different ways, including the educational and psychosocial effects that warrant special concern. Save the Children responded to the dzud disasters since 1999, when Mongolia suffered from harsh winters with heavy snow and freezing temperature. The severe winter condition not only creates significant challenges for basic service provision such as education and healthcare, but ultimately leads to the collapse of livelihoods in vulnerable herder communities. During these difficult times, we have provided emergency relief to herder households, schools and kindergartens that were identified as the most vulnerable groups.

Save the Children’s multi-sector response aims to protect livelihoods of the most vulnerable herder households while ensuring child-friendly education services, psychological support, and minimum health care are provided to affected children.

In any crisis, children are always the most vulnerable.

Beneficiaries of Dzud response 2017, Arkhangai ©Save the Children
Beneficiaries of Dzud response 2017, Arkhangai ©Save the Children


Funds Spent: $ 893,580
Number of beneficiaries reached: all beneficiaries 13,315 where children 6,267
Area: Arkhangai, Bayan-Ulgii, Dornod and Zavkhan aimag


  • Total of 1500 herder households (4800 persons, including 1800 children)
  • Supported preventive medical checkup for pregnant women, children under five, elderly, and people with chronic disease along with emergency ambulance visits.
  • Provided emergency aid package and financial support for specific urgent needs such as baby blood measurer apparatus, tires for ambulance car etc.

Food, Security and Livelihood

  • Total of 5000 children
  • Distributed animal feed package along with booklet for 1372 herder households. The booklet contained health and child protection messages for herder parents particularly to ensure safety and protection of their children in dzud condition.
  • Unconditional cash distributions provided to 672 households.


  • Total of 6000 persons, including 1080 children
  • Supports creating child friendly school environment i.e. heating for schools and dormitories is provided.
  • Compensatory classes are being conducted at schools in dzud affected soums for children who missed their classes due to the dzud.
  • Cash transfer to purchase educational items for children
  • Provided support for school-based disaster risk reduction (DRR), including training on DRR and psychological first aid (PFA) focusing on children in emergency