Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Response

Humanitarian Action for Children


The coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) has triggered an unprecedented global health, humanitarian, socioeconomic and human rights crisis, which has spread to over 215 countries and territories, with over 580,000 reported deaths and 13 million confirmed cases.i The related economic crisis is pushing more and more people into extreme poverty and continues to put significant additional pressure on already overburdened social and health service delivery systems which threatens to reverse decades of hard-won development gains for children. Ongoing lockdowns and other restrictions are exacerbating the vulnerabilities of children and their families globally. Children continue to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted everything that we know is critical for children’s social, physical, mental and emotional development, learning and well-being.

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