UNICEF Argentina protects Coronavirus’ hidden victims

COVID-19 has put at risk the lives of millions of families around the world. The first months of this crisis have been extremely harsh, and the future after the pandemic is expected to be even more difficult. In response to this emergency, UNICEF Argentina works to protect the children who need it the most.

In the recent months, the COVID-19 emergency has led UNICEF to focus its efforts on caring for the hidden victims of the pandemic: the most vulnerable boys and girls. The situation is extremely serious and the outlook for the future is even more bleak. Recent studies estimate that, by the end of 2020, a drop in GDP of approximately 5.7 points is expected, and childhood poverty would reach 58.6%. In terms of population volumes, it would imply that between 2019 and 2020 the number of girls, boys and adolescents facing poverty would go from 7 million to 7.7 million.

This is a difficult and unprecedented context. It demands greater commitment and solidarity to carry out actions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable children. For this reason, since April 2020 UNICEF Argentina has implemented a National Response Plan to improve the country’s public health response, prevent and address the side effects of the outbreak and improve communication and public engagement.

The main action points to be developed consist in guaranteeing the following:

  • 20,000 children and adolescents from 200 food kitchens in the City and Province of Buenos Aires and the north of the country receive hygiene kits and nutritious food, in coordination with NGOs Cáritas and La Poderosa;
  • 1,800 health professionals from 15 hospitals obtain protection supplies to ensure the continuity of care services for pregnant women and children under 5 years old;
  • 10,100 boys and girls living in care institutions receive personal hygiene supplies for disease prevention;
  • 6,500,000 students from vulnerable rural and urban schools continue learning through distance learning.

It is thanks to the support of generous donors and allies, that UNICEF Argentina will continue implementing these and many other actions contained in the Response Plan, with the objective of protecting children and guaranteeing their rights.

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To learn more about the work of UNICEF within the COVID-19 context and to become a donor, please visit www.unicef.org.ar/dona  or call 0-810-333-4455 from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.