COVID-19 is a global Pandemic, that threatens children’s rights around the world, exposing them to potential risks and disrupting their lives. While current trends indicate 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. Children may be separated from their parents during quarantine or admission to hospital, which can make them very vulnerable. They might also have reduced access to essential health services, and school closures will interrupt their learning and leave them isolated.
Right now we're working with international partners like the World Health Organisation, national governments and donors and other partners to help children and families through the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis. Across the world, we've adapted how we run our programmes so children can continue to survive, learn, and stay safe, wherever they are.
In 2020, we reached 29.5 million people – including 11.8 million children – in our COVID-19 response. We adapted and scaled up our programmes to support children and families when they needed it the most (scroll down to FAQs section for full statistics).
This page was last updated on 12th March 2021.