120 days of COVID-19, 120 days of action in Peru

Whether infected with coronavirus or not, children and adolescents have seen their present and future jeopardized by the pandemic

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While millions of children and adolescents were enjoying their last days of school holidays and the media were reporting on the price of school supplies, uniforms and tuition, and on the new Congress, the words “coronavirus” and “COVID-19” were already being heard
in Peru, but referred to a distant threat. However, on 6 March, when Peru’s first case of coronavirus was confirmed, everything began to change.

Within days, the president announced a state of emergency, border closures and a national stay-at-home order. On Monday, 16 March, the date set for the start of the 2020 school year, schools were closed and children and adolescents, along with their families, started a lockdown unprecedented in Peru’s history.

UNICEF, as a part of the United Nations, immediately activated a strategy to respond to the emergency, extending our support to the Government of Peru through joint actions with the Ministries of Health, Education, Women and Vulnerable Populations, Development
and Social Inclusion, Justice and Human Rights, and Culture. We have also worked with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities and the National Migration Authority, as well as the regional governments of Huancavelica, Loreto and Ucayali, and the local
governments of Carabayllo and San Martín de Porres in northern Lima.

We act in accordance with the Government of Peru’s lockdown measures, with the conviction that our work to support children’s rights knows no borders and that in situations of emergency children and adolescents must also come first.

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