Children are being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Children whose caregivers get sick or die will be at higher risk of malnutrition, diseases, death, abuse and exploitation, including survival sex.  Grandparents, who often act as caregivers of young children in poor countries, are at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19. The prevalence of other diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS and, respiratory diseases such as TB will also mean that many people - including children - will be fighting COVID-19 with compromised immune systems. 

The Aftershocks report series highlight how this pandemic has wreaked unprecedented havoc on children and put millions of lives at risk.

Aftershocks report 1: The Secondary Impacts (pdf) 
Secondary impacts threaten more lives than the disease itself.

Aftershocks report 2: A Perfect Storm (pdf)
Millions more children at risk of violence under lockdown and into the 'New Normal'.

Aftershocks report 3: Out of Time (pdf)
As families' imcomes plummet, millions more children go hungry and are forced to work and beg.

Aftershocks report 4: Access Denied (pdf)
Teenage pregnancy threatens to block a million girls across Sub-Saharan Africa from returning to school.

Aftershocks report 5: Deadly Waves (pdf)
Multiple, potentially deadlier, waves of COVID-19 continue to threaten millions of lives if leaders fail to prioritise vulnerable people everywhere.
The spread of COVID-19 is likely to have a huge impact on the poorest, and global efforts to defeat poverty.

As countries and communities respond to the virus by closing schools and places of work and imposing quarantines, along with people limiting public interaction, it is children and the very poor who will be greatly impacted. Any loss of work for those who survive on minimal earnings will have a devastating impact on household incomes where people survive from day to day. The price of food and goods is also likely to rise as shortages emerge and people begin to hoard supplies. The very poorest won’t be able to stock up in the same way and the loss of earnings will make it very hard for them to feed their children. The situation could go on for weeks or months. 

The impact of the virus will make it more difficult for the world to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 1 which has as its target that less than 3 percent of the world people would be living in extreme poverty by 2030.
We are doing what is needed to keep children and their families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The safety measures we’re taking will vary depending on the country where children are choosing their sponsors. This could involve holding much smaller choosing parties where social distancing is in place, or going door-to-door so children can still choose their sponsors but from the safety of their homes. Measures such as mask-wearing, where needed, and frequent and thorough hand-washing will also be maintained.
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