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Henrietta H. Fore; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu; Kevin Watkins (et al.)
Shazeen Suleman; Yasmine Ratnani; Katrina Stockley (et al.)
As this report makes clear, it is not just COVID-19 that is exacerbating global inequality; the world’s unjust economic response to COVID-19 will deepen global inequality for at least a generation. The most marginalised and vulnerable have been left to fend for themselves and millions of children will pay the price with their lives, unless we act now. In the short term, we need immediate action to ensure the most marginalised have their fair share of the global response. At the United Nations, world leaders must review the dreadful damage done by COVID-19 to the world’s poorest communities and realise they have faced the heaviest burden. Leaders must come together and agree a global package to help low income countries and ensure the most vulnerable to the crisis receive at least some support.
Children are not the face of this pandemic. But they risk being among its biggest victims, as children’s lives are nonetheless being changed in profound ways. All children, of all ages, and in all countries, are being affected, in particular by the socio-economic impacts and, in some cases, by mitigation measures that may inadvertently do more harm than good. Moreover, the harmful effects of this pandemic will not be distributed equally. They are expected to be most damaging for children in the poorest countries, and in the poorest neighbourhoods, and for those in already disadvantaged or vulnerable situations. The potential losses that may accrue in learning for today’s young generation, and for the development of their human capital, are hard to fathom. 188 countries imposed countrywide school closures during the pandemic, affecting more than 1.6 billion children and youth. Even prior to the pandemic, however, children’s learning was in crisis, and the pandemic has only sharpened these inequities, hitting schoolchildren in poorer countries particularly hard. Globally, many schools lack the resources to invest in digital learning, and many children from poorer households do not have internet access.
Ruchita Shah; V. Venkatesh Raju; Akhilesh Sharma (et al.)
Beth Blue Swadener; Lacey Peters; Dana Frantz Bentley (et al.)
Constance Shumba; Rose Maina; Gladys Mbuthia (et al.)
Kristen Pisani‐Jacques Pisani‐Jacques
Prateek Kumar Panda; Lesa Dawman; Pragnya Panda (et al.)
J. Jay Miller; Chunling Niu; Shannon Moody
Kristin N. Ray; Anna K. Ettinger; Namita Dwarakanath (et al.)
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COVID-19 & Children: Rapid Research Response