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About the COVID-19 and Children Research Library

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About the Children and COVID-19 Library Database

In addition to the Covid-19 rapid response microsite - which provides updates from UNICEF's Office of Research - Innocenti on our rapid research agenda, related publications, blogs, virtual events and relevant recent scientific resources, the office has also produced a Children and COVID-19 Research Library, which collects research from around the world on COVID-19 and its impacts on children and adolescents.



The Children and COVID-19 Research Library was conceived as a UNICEF contribution to enabling quick and easy access, in one place, to the latest scientific research as regards the impacts of the current pandemic on children and adolescents.  Given the growing number of excellent biomedical repositories on the subject of COVID-19, the current focus of this library is on the socio-economic impacts, drawn largely from the social science literature. 


Since the content has not been subject to a detailed quality assessment or in-depth peer review, we have chosen to focus on scientific content backed by empirical research, as opposed to more generic opinion pieces, blogs or news articles.  Whilst these certainly have their place, we have adopted this position given the urgent need to share emerging findings quickly, outside of the standard peer review process, whilst acknowledging our responsibility to help prevent the flood of misinformation and facilitate evidence-informed decision-making. 


We see this library as an important global public good for children, so in this section of our website, have chosen to not just feature evidence generated by UNICEF-Innocenti and UNICEF more broadly, but that of colleagues working to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on children and adolescents worldwide.

Other resources

In the same vein, we also encourage users to check out the following additional useful links to other recommended repositories synthesizing evidence on COVID-19:

  • COVID-END (COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making) including a ‘living’  repository of COVID-19 knowledge hubs
  • WHO COVID-19 database focusing on biomedical/clinical and other health-related research
  • Epistemonikos  L*OVE platform on COVID-19  focusing on biomedical/health and other health-related research.
  • Evidence Aid’s COVID-19 Evidence Collection giving plain language summaries of relevant systematic reviews, particularly in disasters and humanitarian response
  • PubMed LitCovid hub focusing on biomedical/clinical and other health-related research
  • Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform SSHAP
  • Campbell Collaboration COVID-19 response, including a living map and database of all COVID-19 research from around the world in the areas of clinical research, public health, economics and social aspects
  • EPPI-Centre’s living systematic map of COVID-19 evidence
  • Cochrane COVID Rapid Reviews- focusing on biomedical/clinical and other health-related research
  • Save the Children Resource Centre – more generic database, searchable for COVID-19 practitioner and policy content



We hope you find this library useful and would welcome feedback as the prototype continues to evolve and adapt in coming months.