up to 86 million more children at risk of living in poverty

According to a joint study by NGO Save the Children and UNICEF, the number of children living in poor households may increase by 15% compared to last year due to the financial consequences of the Covid pandemic -19.

The financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic could throw up to 86 million children into poverty by the end of the year, according to a joint study by NGO Save theChildrenet from the UN agency Unicef.

In total, this would be 672 million children affected by poverty, an increase of 15% compared to last year, the two organizations specify, in a press release published Wednesday, May 27, nearly two-thirds of these children. lives in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The increase in the number of children affected by poverty due to the pandemic would mainly take place in Europe and Central Asia, according to the study based on forecasts from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and data demographically in a hundred countries.

Need for immediate and effective action

“The magnitude of the financial difficulties for families threatens the progress made over the years in reducing child poverty and depriving them of important services,” said HenriettaFore, director of UNICEF, quoted in the press release.

With immediate and effective action, “we can contain the threat of the pandemic hanging over the poorest countries and some of the most vulnerable children,” said IngerAshing, protector of Save theChildren. They are “extremely vulnerable to even short periods of hunger and malnutrition, which can affect them throughout their lives,” she warned in the statement.

The two organizations are calling on governments to rapidly expand their social security and school feeding to limit the effects of the pandemic.

With AFP