03 May 2021

Responding to COVID-19

In 2020, COVID-19 exposed deep inequalities that have existed for too long, with the worst impact on children in the poorest countries and communities and those already disadvantaged by discrimination, social exclusion, fragility and conflict.  Responding to COVID-19: UNICEF’s 2020 key achievements highlights how COVID-19 affected children and how UNICEF responded in 2020 across health and nutrition, education, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, social protection, humanitarian response, and gender. This brief, accessible brochure accompanies the more comprehensive UNICEF 2020 Annual Report, which will be released on June 3. Here are a few of UNICEF’s accomplishments in 2020: Providing leadership in the COVAX Facility, leading to the financing of COVID-19 vaccines for 92 low- and middle-income countries, and preparing countries to deliver the vaccine Distributing critical water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services and supplies for 106 million people, including 58 million children Reaching 3 billon people, including approximately 1.53 billion women and girls and 810 million children with risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) information and activities Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for nearly 2.6 million health workers Facilitating training on infection prevention and control for 4 million health workers Facilitating training on delivering essential services for more than 30,000 social workers Supporting community-based mental health and psychosocial interventions in COVID-19 response plans, reaching 78 million children, adolescents, parents and caregivers in 117 countries Facilitating treatment and care for nearly 5 million children with severe wasting in more than 70 countries Supporting more than 301 million children, including approximately 147 million girls, with remote learning Responding to 455 new and ongoing humanitarian situations in 152 countries beyond COVID-19  
28 September 2020

Budgeting for a better future, for every child

2020 has not turned out as planned. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact populations around the world, governments have been forced to take a fresh look at their spending and how to meet additional costs of pandemic response as they expect a fall in revenue. Budget information has become even more critical., Critical knowledge, When it comes to children, it is important to have a detailed view of spending in key areas like health, education, social protection and water and sanitation. Without this, it is difficult to know what services are supported or how money has been spent. Although total spending on health has increased in many countries as part of the COVID-19…, The economic fallout of COVID-19, As the pandemic continues, the impact on children is increasingly evident. As a result of disrupted schooling,  according to the World Bank , children stand to lose the equivalent of $872 of their future earnings per year— a global loss of over $10 trillion. Progress on infant mortality will be set back by between five and 15 years; and  deaths…, Essential to recovery, As the Myanmar, Tunisia and Somaliland examples show, improved budget transparency is not only central to an inclusive recovery but also encourages governments and partners to come together to identify more effective ways to achieve policy outcomes. It is vital to monitoring spending, improving efficiency and ensuring resources are used…, Building a resilient future, We are living in unprecedented times where every national and local government is forced to adapt and learn. Clear data on budgets, reprioritization and implementation of budgets will help us understand the impact of spending decisions on children’s lives. UNICEF continues to work with governments and partners including the  International Budget…