UNICEF Global Situation Report No. 2 (Novel Coronavirus)

15-31 March 2020

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  •  As part of the overall UN-wide effort, UNICEF continues working around the clock to scale-up and deliver a response across its sectors to address the needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • To date, UNICEF and partners have reached over half a billion people with COVID-19 prevention messaging around handwashing, cough and sneeze hygiene. 
  • UNICEF has provided around USD 4 million in hospital equipment including defibrillators, electrocardiogram monitors, portable ultrasound systems, infusion pumps; and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including N95 masks, gloves, protective goggles, face shields and protective boots. The PPE has been provided to 40 million health care and front-line workers. 
  • Being increasingly aware of the unintended consequences of some of the decisions taken to contain the spread of COVID-19, UNICEF issued a Technical Note on the Protection of Children during the Coronavirus Pandemic to guide the actions of government and partners. 
  • End Child Poverty Global Coalition, co-led by UNICEF, launched a mini knowledge hub on their website dedicated to COVID19 impact on poor children. 
  • Over 154 million children in eight countries are being supported with distance/home-based learning.
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