UNICEF and Save the Children says 86 million children at high risk of poverty by 2020

A joint study conducted by an NGO- Save the Children and the UNICEF iterated that the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic could push as many as 86 million more children into poverty by the end of 2020.

In a joint statement released by the UNICEF and the Save the Children said that it would bring the total number of children affected by poverty worldwide to 672 million, an increase of 15 percent over last year. The aid agencies added that nearly two-thirds of those children overall live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The study which is based on World Bank and International Monetary Fund projections and population data from some 100 countries predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic-driven increase is expected to occur mainly in Europe and Central Asia.

Save the Children Head Inger Ashing said that with immediate and decisive action, “we can prevent and contain the pandemic threat facing the poorest countries and some of the most vulnerable children”.

Both the organizations call on governments to rapidly expand their social security systems and school feeding to limit the effects of the pandemic.

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