Children are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The number of children and young people out of school is at levels unseen in our lifetimes.
The pandemic has also led to many children going hungry, in isolation and at risk of exploitation.
Malnutrition rates are on the rise globally in the past two years. The economic fallout from the pandemic is driving many families into poverty, with some unable to afford healthy food in local markets, forcing them to reduce the quality of their children’s diets.
Even at the beginning of the pandemic, UNICEF warned an additional 6.7 million children under the age of five could suffer from wasting and become undernourished as a result of the social-economic impact COVID-19. A donation from you means that children can get the access they need to essential food and medical care.
Delay of vaccinations
In 2020, 23 million children missed out on routine vaccinations against diseases like measles and polio – 3.7 million more than in 2019. UNICEF teams are on the ground and continues to provide vital health care services to the children that depend on them.
Child protection at risk
COVID-19 is leaving children vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and violence. Closures to schools puts children at risk of greater exposure to violence and sexual abuse without the additional support network of their teachers. With most families staying at home, children have less access to outside contacts, many countries have reported increasing cases in domestic violence.
Let’s spread the education resources on World Children’s Day!
Let’s get involved on World Children’s Day (November 20). UNICEF HK’s Education Web Portal provides diversified digital education resources to support parents, teachers and youth to share world children issues and organize school activities to celebrate World Children’s Day!