Reaching out to partners in the time of COVID-19

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As COVID-19 continues to spread, the international development community is being rocked with crises. The West and Central Africa region is home to only 11 per cent of the world’s children but bears a disproportionate share of the global burden of key child rights deprivations. And with the lowest indicators for human development and socio-political instability and conflicts, the region is experiencing unprecedented challenges during this pandemic.

In the midst of this, many opportunities have emerged – for governments and communities to adapt their strategies to be ‘COVID-proof’ and ensure continued access to essential services for children and pregnant women; for the public sector to reconfirm long-term investments for the realization of child rights; and for philanthropists, foundations, businesses and investors to accelerate the recovery efforts for families and economies alike.

With close to 75 years of experience and operations in 190 countries and territories, UNICEF is on the ground before, during and after an emergency. COVID-19 is no exception. Now, more than ever, we need your support. Together with our partners, we are facing head-on the current challenges and seizing new opportunities to reimagine and build back a better world where children can enjoy their full rights and potential.

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