COVID-19 has set back progress for children by decades. This is the first year that poverty rates are expected to increase in 25 years. COVID-caused food insecurity is putting an additional 6.7 million children at risk of severe malnutrition. Eighty million children aren’t getting routine vaccines, and over a billion have been forced out of school. We have a responsibility to end the pandemic in order to safeguard the futures of the most vulnerable children around the world.
In 2020, UNICEF and partners have assisted over 150 countries and territories with critical supplies and financial/technical support; and reached over 260 million children with vital health, nutrition, education, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), gender-based violence and social protection services.
In 2021, UNICEF and partners will work towards the following emergency results:
• procuring, preparing and delivering 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, 900 million tests and 165 million treatments around the globe
• reaching over 90 million children with access to education
• providing 45 million people with access to safe water
• treating over 6 million children for severe acute malnutrition
With the generous support of ViacomCBS employees, UNICEF will continue working to ensure children and families receive the supplies and information needed to reduce the impact of this crisis. On behalf of children across the globe, thank you!