Children's health has gone backwards
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, every measure of childhood health has gone backwards. It could reverse decades of progress in childhood vaccination. In 2020:
Right now, COVID-19 is having a devastating impact in India where UNICEF is on the ground protecting families. But we must not forget the children in other countries who are missing out on life-saving vaccines and are in danger as a result of the pandemic.
- At least 80 million children under the age of one are at risk of diseases due to routine vaccination campaign disruptions.
- An additional 6 to 7 million children may have suffered from wasting or acute malnutrition, increasing their risk of contracting deadly diseases.
“Even before the pandemic, there were worrying signs that we were beginning to lose ground in the fight against preventable child illness, with 20 million children already missing out on critical vaccinations,” says Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
“The pandemic has made a bad situation worse, causing millions more children to go unimmunised.”
“While health systems are strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, we must not allow our fight against one deadly disease to come at the expense of our fight against another.”
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