COVID-19
The pandemic threatens vulnerable families.

Barbara Hintermann,
Tdh Director General

"Tdh will continue to develop innovative approaches that offer adapted, effective and responsible responses to the needs of today's children."

What’s next for Tdh?

Barbara Hintermann, Tdh Director General, talks about our future.

How are the past and future of Terre des hommes connected?

"We cannot ignore our history. All the expertise and experience we have acquired is based on our past. Tdh has an excellent reputation as an NGO in Switzerland thanks to all the people who support us, including our volunteers who are our champions."

What challenges is Tdh facing around the world?

"Children face many difficulties in accessing their rights. Recently, the Covid-19 crisis has further aggravated the situation, as disadvantaged children often suffer from the chain of indirect consequences of the pandemic. 1.5 billion children around the world have been affected by the closure of schools, which increases the risk of malnutrition, as this is often where they receive their main meal. This puts pressure on parents as they have to find new income to cover these food costs. Parents' stress can sometimes degenerate into violent behaviour towards their children. The children themselves are sometimes forced to work to contribute to their family's income, which jeopardizes their education and increases the risk of dropping out of school in the long term."

How should Tdh position itself in the coming years?

"We prioritise the rights and the protection of children. We will continue to pay special attention to improve the health of children under five years old and protect children affected by migration or in conflict with the law. We can only accomplish that in collaboration with local partners and communities.

One of our main approaches is to reinforce child participation. Not only in identifying their needs, but also in listening to their ideas about how we can best respond to their needs. We have for example launched the #CovidUnder19 initiative that collects children’s opinions on how to respond to the pandemic.

Tdh will continue to develop innovative approaches that offer adapted, effective and responsible responses to the needs of today's children. This includes, for example, digital health or the use of online platforms for child protection professionals. 

We can only collectively achieve all of this thanks to the dedication of our staff, our beneficiaries, our local partners, our donors and everybody else who supports us. It’s you who make us shine."