Lack of outdoor games and contact with those of the same age, poor or no medical care, violence and/or sexual abuse from family members, hunger, diminished or no education… These are some of the problems that the pandemic has thrown on this population.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a health emergency that is now rapidly turning into a child rights crisis, said Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
According to estimates by the United Nations Children’s Fund, more than three-quarters of the world’s under-18s, about 1.8 billion, live in one of 132 countries with some form of movement restrictions due to the pandemic.
As the outbreak enters its fifth month, that UN agency warns that the costs of aid supplies, shipping them, and protection needs are increasing dramatically.
The pandemic affects all spheres of children’s lives and development, and therefore Unicef demands more resources to cope with the impact of Covid-19 among minors.
Currently, the organisation points out, children’s access to medical care and routine vaccination is affected, which could lead to a significant increase in infant mortality.
Unicef called for $ 1.6 billion to strengthen its assistance to children affected by the new coronavirus.
This is more than double the funds requested in March, reflecting the devastating socio-economic consequences of the disease and the growing needs of families, said UN Secretary-General spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. A few days ago, a Unicef report warned of a record figure of approximately 19 million children displaced by violence, conflict and natural disasters in 2019.
The Covid-19 pandemic has only served to worsen the situation of these minors, Fore said, noting that millions of them are currently in situations lacking adequate care and protection.
When new crises arise, the High Representative stressed, these children are especially vulnerable and it is essential that governments and humanitarian partners work together to keep them safe, healthy, able to learn and protected. (Prensa Latina)
(Translated by Hannah Phelvin) – Photos: Pixabay