UN chief on the effect of the COVID 19 Pandemic on Children 16 April 2020
Why do we need to be aware of the covid-19 pandemic? António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children (16 April 2020)
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe, we are seeing an alarming pattern.
Today we are launching a report that highlights the risks they face.
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👉 First, education.
Almost all students are now out of school.
Some schools are offering distance learning, but this is not available to all.
Children in countries with slow and expensive Internet services are severely disadvantaged.
👉 Second, food.
A staggering 310 million schoolchildren – nearly half of the world’s total – rely on school for a regular source of daily nutrition.
Even before Covid-19 the world faced unacceptable rates of childhood malnutrition and stunting.
👉 Third, safety.
With children out of school, their communities in lockdown and a global recession biting deeper, family stress levels are rising.
Children are both victims and witnesses of domestic violence and abuse.
With schools closed, an important early warning mechanism is missing.
There is also a danger that girls will drop out of school, leading to an increase in teenage pregnancies.
And we must not ignore the growing risks children are facing as they spend more time online…
👉 Fourth, health.
Reduced household income will force poor families to cut back on essential health and food expenditures, particularly affecting children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers.
Polio vaccination campaigns have been suspended….
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