Impact of COVID-19 on children and families in Latin America and the Caribbean
UNICEF response actions to COVID-19 in LAC
Coronavirus (named COVID-19) has spread to all 36 countries and territories in Latin American and the Caribbean, upending the lives of children and their families across the region. This pandemic is as much a health crisis as a social and economic threat, creating extremely challenging situations, particularly to the most vulnerable. The impact on children and their families will be devastating, with illness, isolation, fear and loss of livelihoods.
Together with WHO and other UN agencies, governments and local partners, UNICEF is leading on preventative actions across affected countries with risk communication, providing hygiene and medical kits to health and other facilities and monitoring the impact of the pandemic. The work of UNICEF contributes both to outbreak control and to mitigation of the collateral impacts of the pandemic and isolation measures, including the risks to the continuity of essential social services for children, women and vulnerable populations.
UNICEF calls upon the international donor community to prioritize the needs of children and their families as part of the international response to the crisis. The consequences of prolonged funding gaps will hamper UNICEF´s capacity to address urgent needs and mitigate the medium and longterm effects of the crisis.
In order to provide urgent and adequate response to the COVID-19 crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF requires a total amount of US$ 48 million. This request is part of the 2020 UNICEF COVID-19 Humanitarian Action for Children Appeal at the global level.