Reimagine our children’s future telethon

Help us protect our most vulnerable children affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

UNICEF India
Two girls sitting on a bed and reading a book
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21 November 2020

Help us protect our most vulnerable children affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Without immediate funding and key lifesaving interventions like health care, nutrition, and immunization, an additional 1,600* children could die in India everyday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt routine services.

Join NDTV and UNICEF's special campaign, 'Reimagine Our Children's Future.' To watch the Telethon live tune into NDTV on Sunday 22 November 22 from 7pm – 9pm.

Visit the campaign page and contribute to UNICEF’s lifesaving work to help those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 is not just a health crisis. It is a child rights crisis, affecting children's lives in all ways imaginable.  With lockdowns being relaxed, things will improve but will not get back to normal for a very long time – during which time lives, educations and futures will be lost. 

The greatest long term impact of this pandemic will be on our children. With the health, nutrition, immunization, education, mental health and physical safety of our children severely impacted, COVID-19 has only made a bad situation even worse. Without our interventions and investments – of ideas, resources and heart - these children will have no future.

It is in our hands to ensure that these forgotten victims of a catastrophic global crisis are given a future. We need to reimagine tomorrow, we need to reimagine our children’s future.

The pandemic has shown that all of us have a role to play. Children have faced many crises around the world in history - including in India. The pandemic has shown that every child is at risk. but it has also shown what we can do when we come together. 

UNICEF India and NDTV
Join our special campaign with NDTV to reimagine a better future for every child.

A Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study published in the Lancet Global Health journal a few months ago modelled early estimates of the indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal and child mortality in low-income and middle-income countries. The study projected that in a worst case scenario of sever service disruption, over 6,000 children could die a day due to COVID-19 related secondary impacts. Over 1600 of those children are in India.