November 20, 2020
While children are less likely to catch the virus, and develop Covid-19 symptoms, the pandemic has nonetheless disrupted their lives and those of their families, as healthcare systems buckle under the pressure, borders close, and schools and businesses are shuttered.
The economic crisis we are experiencing, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, could plunge more than 86 million children below the poverty line.
In fact, the increase in poverty, school closures, and the deterioration in social services have pushed many children to work alongside their parents, to help their families make ends meet.
The Covid-19 pandemic has also severely disrupted healthcare services for mothers and children, which could result in a substantial, multiyear setback in terms of the progress previously made in the quest to eliminate and prevent infant mortality.
The Covid-19 pandemic is also adversely affecting global nutrition, particularly in countries where incomes are lower. Food has become less accessible, less available, and more expensive. It is estimated that around 368.5 million children – in 143 countries – who normally depend on school meal programs for a reliable source of daily nutrition must now find other sources of food.
To help UNICEF respond the needs of the most vulnerable children, AXA in the Philippines has donated USD 80,000 to support UNICEF’s efforts to alleviate the Covid-19 crisis in the country.
During the Covid-19 crisis
Disinfection Kits delivery
With the help of AXA, UNICEF and its partners have delivered hygiene kits, food packages, personal protective equipment, and tents, and have drawn up guidelines for the prevention and control of infections.
Hygiene Kits Distribution in Marikina
UNICEF is also helping the Filipino government source and distribute basic hygiene supplies, conduct training into how to use them, and install emergency sanitation stations.
Sta. Ana Hospital tent
Lastly, UNICEF is working with partners to ensure regular access to education, social security, and protection for children, and to combat sexual violence against children.
In the face of the challenge of infant obesity, AXA has been supporting UNICEF - since 2019 - with two action programs in the Philippines and in Brazil, countries that are experiencing a massive problem of obesity in children and adolescents.
UNICEF, which defends the rights and the health of children worldwide, has made preventing obesity in children a centerpiece of its action plan since 2016, so that every child can grow up in good health.
Over three years, with the support of AXA, the actions taken by UNICEF will focus on: