On the occasion of the World Children Day, UNICEF published on November 19th, 2020, its report “Averting a lost COVID generation”. The report provides more statistical information on the impact of the Covid-19 on children around the world. Health, social and economic impacts are assessed. For example, 1 out of 9 person infected by the virus in the world is a child. It is estimated that 2 million additional child deaths and 200,000 additional stillbirths could happen in the next 12 months. The number of children living in poverty is estimated to have risen by 15%.
To respond to the crisis UNICEF offers in its report a six points plan to protect children. For each point, UNICEF calls on governments to take several actions and commitments. The points are the following:
- Ensure all children learn, including by closing the digital divide.
- Guarantee access to nutrition and health services and make vaccines affordable and available to every child.
- Support and protect the mental health of children and young people and bring an end to abuse, gender-based violence and neglect in childhood.
- Increase access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene and address environmental degradation and climate change.
- Reverse the rise in child poverty and ensure an inclusive recovery for all.
- Redouble efforts to protect and support children and their families living through conflict, disaster and displacement.
More information about the report available at: https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/unicef-calls-averting-lost-generation-covid-19-threatens-cause-irreversible-harm and https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/six-point-plan-protect-children
The report is available in English, French and Spanish at: https://www.unicef.org/reports/averting-lost-generation-covid19-world-childrens-day-2020-brief