With the number of cases now surpassing 1 million in at least 170 countries, COVID-19 is a global pandemic that is turning the lives of girls and boys upside down. With the pandemic now spreading into some of the world’s poorest countries, there is a real danger that the world will see a reversal of the gains made over the last 20 years toward ensuring the rights of children.
This health crisis is already having devastating knock-on economic and social impacts – affecting families across the globe, but hitting the most marginalised and deprived.
Despite current trends indicating that children are not at higher risk for COVID-19, we know that infectious disease outbreaks can seriously impact children’s wellbeing – both psychological and physical. Many will be confused and frightened about the sudden changes they are seeing in their lives. Many families face a loss of income and livelihoods and incredible uncertainty of how or when that may be restored. This is in addition to wider life disruption, health concerns, resulting stress, and interrupted access to community services.
Save the Children have launched the biggest appeal in their 100-year history – aiming to raise $100 million to protect children in the world’s most deprived areas affected by COVID-19. Save the Children’s response to the pandemic is geared towards four simple goals:
• Saving lives by preventing and managing the pandemic
• Helping children learn and return to school
• Increasing financial resilience through safety nets for families in need
• Keeping children safe in their homes and in communities
Your support for the Coronavirus appeal will help children in the UK and around the world to get through this crisis, so they can go on to become whoever they want to be.