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Children Multidimensional Poverty Shows 15% Increase Due to COVID-19 Pandemic: UNICEF Analysis

17 Sep 2020 The Khaama Press News Agency

Children Multidimensional Poverty Shows 15% Increase Due to COVID-19 Pandemic: UNICEF Analysis.

The number of children living in multidimensional poverty has soared to approximately 1.2 billion due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UNICEF and Save the Children analysis released Thursday, depicting 15 percent increase in the number of children living in deprivation.

According to the report, the multidimensional poverty analysis uses data on access to education, healthcare, housing, nutrition, sanitation and water from more than 70 countries. It highlights around 45 percent of children were severely deprived of at least one of these critical needs in the countries analyzed before the pandemic.

Although the analysis already projects a dire picture, UNICEF warns the situation will likely worsen in the months to come.

“COVID-19 and the lockdown measures imposed to prevent its spread have pushed millions of children deeper into poverty,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, on an emailed statement to Khaama Press. “Families on the cusp of escaping poverty have been pulled back in, while others are experiencing levels of deprivation they have never seen before.”

Meanwhile, CEO of Save the Children Inger Ashing said, “This pandemic has already caused the biggest global education emergency in history, and the increase in poverty will make it very hard for the most vulnerable children and their families to make up for the loss.”

“Children who lose out on education are more likely to be forced into child labour or early marriage and be trapped in a cycle of poverty for years to come,” he elaborated. “We cannot afford to let a whole generation of children become victims of this pandemic. National governments and the international community must step up to soften the blow.”

There are not only more children experiencing poverty than before, the poorest children are getting poorer as well, the report noted.

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  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.

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