UNICEF, SAVE THE CHILDREN CLAIM PANDEMIC TO IMPOVERISH 86-M KIDS
A study conducted by UNICEF and Save the Children has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic’s deleterious consequences would impoverish as many as 86 million children by the end of the current year.
In a report released on May 28, 2020, the Agence France Presse (AFP) said the UNICEF-Save the Children projection would bloat the number of poor and hungry children worldwide to 672 million, an increase of 15 percent over last year, the two aid agencies said in a statement and revealed that nearly two-thirds of those children overall live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
However, the pandemic-driven increase is expected to occur mainly in Europe and Central Asia, according to the study, which is based on World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) projections and population data from some 100 countries.
"The scale and depth of financial hardship among families threatens to roll back years of progress in reducing child poverty and to leave children deprived of essential services," UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore is quoted as saying in the statement. With immediate and decisive action, "we can prevent and contain the pandemic threat facing the poorest countries and some of the most vulnerable children," added Save the Children head Inger Ashing.