Launch of UN Policy Brief on Children: The Impact of COVID-19 on Children

The UN Secretary-General launched the UN Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Children and key messages contained therein.

Key data points in the report include:

  • 188 countries have imposed countrywide school closures, affecting more than 1.5 billion children and youth.
  • Nearly 369 million children across 143 countries who normally rely on school meals for a reliable source of daily nutrition must now look to other sources.
  • Hundreds of thousands of additional children could die this year, compared to a pre-pandemic scenario, as a result of the looming global recession. This would effectively reverse the last 2 to 3 years of progress in reducing infant mortality within a single year.

The report urges governments and donors to prioritize education for all children. It recommends they provide economic assistance, including cash transfers, to low-income families and minimize disruptions to social and healthcare services for children.

Policy Brief on COVID impact on Children, 16 April 2020