Up to 30 million children are in danger from the secondary health impacts of COVID-19, such as increased malnutrition, a lack of immunizations, and having immune systems weakened by other deadly diseases like measles, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS or Ebola. Up to 85 million more girls and boys worldwide may be exposed to physical, sexual and/or emotional violence in the coming months as a direct result of the quarantine.
These secondary impacts will hit communities harder than COVID-19 itself. The aftershocks of the crisis could put at risk the future of an entire generation of children.
That’s why, alongside our critical health responses, we’re also expanding livelihoods support, food security, and implementing a variety of cash, voucher and savings interventions. We’re investing in child protection to reduce violence against children, provide mental health and psychosocial support to help families cope with stress, and do even more to support children in lockdown getting access to education. We continue to listen to families and communities, remain flexible in our programming, and adapt as the needs change over time.