02 February 2022

Prospects for children in 2022: a global outlook

2022 sees us entering a third year of the pandemic, and the harm done to children is increasingly evident: A record rise in child poverty. Setbacks to progress on routine vaccinations. Disruption to education for an entire generation. That harm has emerged as an unintended side-effect of the world's efforts to manage the crisis.   COVID has been a uniquely dis-equalizing crisis. Lopsided access to vaccines aside, learning losses have been greatest among poorest children, and job losses have been disproportionately borne by women and youth.   What next for the world’s children in the year ahead? As in the past two years, prospects for children will continue to hinge foremost on the pandemic and how it is managed.    Our analysis zooms in on the next 12 months, taking an in-depth view of key trends impacting children - and helping all of us working to support children survive and thrive, to better understand where we are, where we are going and what we need to do.  Key findings include:   In 2022, the global community needs to recast its COVID strategy: to focus not only on mitigating the virus but mitigating its effect on society - particularly children.   Consequences of school closures will increasingly be counted: learning losses are worse than anticipated, and negative coping strategies – including child labour and marriage – are mounting.    A lack of global cooperation puts at risk the G20 target to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the population in every country by mid-year. This increases the odds of further escape variants, delaying the virus's eventual containment, and allowing the costs for children to continue to accumulate.      Inequities are set to take new forms: access to COVID mRNA doses and boosters will remain restricted, and access to life-saving treatments will be even more exclusive.    Record humanitarian needs are forecast in 2022. As the impact of climate change grows, it will trigger new disasters, drive instability and exacerbate existing vulnerabilities.   But children and young people express greater optimism for the future and 2022 will present opportunities to prove them right. For instance, technology and infrastructure developed for the pandemic can drive the next revolution in child survival.  And click here to look back at Outlook 2025, the global outlook for children we produced last year to assess five years of trends and factors impacting children. 
12 January 2022

Syria crisis

Crisis in Syria: What you need to know, Infographic - 9.3 million Syrian children in need of aid What is happening in Syria? More than a decade of humanitarian crisis and hostilities have had a profound impact on the situation of children in Syria, across the region and beyond. Children of Syria has been impacted by the violence, displacement, severed family ties and lack of access to…, Syrian Fast Facts, A child carrying two balloons Eleven years of conflict has had a staggering impact on the children of Syria:  85 per cent of internally displaced households have taken on more debt to cope with poor living conditions. The price of the average food basket increased by 97 per cent in December 2021 compared to December 2020. The value of Syrian…, Voices of Syrian Children, 10:10:10- Ten children: Ten years: Ten stories: A series of 10 interviews with children with whom UNICEF had met since 2011. UNICEF’s crews in 2021 went back to track down children and interviewed them again. Some children continue to be in Syria, some are refugees in neighbouring countries like Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, while others are now…, Songs from children to children, Album 11, What UNICEF is doing in Syria, UNICEF and partners are on the ground in Syria and across the region working to protect children, to help them cope with the impact of conflict and to resume their childhoods. This includes improving access to education and psychosocial support services to help children and caregivers to recover from trauma and to restore a sense of normalcy.…
10 March 2019

Syria Crisis Fast Facts

The total number of Syrian children in need inside Syria and in host countries: 8 million children Internally displaced children: 2.6 million Total registered refugee children outside Syria: over 2.5 million CHILD PROTECTION From January to end of June 2019 (verified):  At least 532 children were killed or injured, including 359 killed or injured in northwest Syria alone. 292 children recruited or used in combat In refugee host countries: Nearly 10,000 Syrian refugee children are either unaccompanied or separated, and many of these children are vulnerable to exploitation, including child labour, due to lack of legal documentation. EDUCATION Inside Syria: ›From January to end June 2019, the UN verified 74 attacks on schools and military use of 24 schools. Since 2014, the UN verified over 385 attacks on education facilities and military use of over 50 schools. Two in five schools in Syria has been damaged or destroyed.  Over 2 million children – over one-third of Syria’s child population - is out-of-school and 1.3 million children are at risk of dropping out. One in eight children per classroom requires specialized psychosocial support. In refugee host countries: The flow of refugees out of Syria has added a huge strain on service provision in neighbouring countries, challenging Syrian and host communities’ access to basic services, including education. Over 800,000 children remain out-of-school.  POVERTY Inside Syria: Four out of five people in Syria live below the poverty line, pushing children into extreme survival measures – like child labour, early marriage and recruitment into the fighting - to help their families make ends meet. In refugee host countries: More than 90 per cent of Syrian refugees are living in host communities and facing challenging conditions. These circumstances have pushed children to extreme survival measures including dropping out of school to work or marry. HEALTH  Inside Syria: From January to end June 2019, 51 medical facilities have been attacked in northwest Syria, forcing several UNICEF partners to suspend their activities. Half of all health care facilities are partially functioning or aren’t functioning at all.   FUNDING REQUIREMENTS In 2019, UNICEF has appealed for US$ 1.2 billion for its programmes for children inside Syria and in neighbouring host countries. To date, UNICEF is facing a 44 per cent gap.