How business can help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on Children and Families

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
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  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

This document identifies actions businesses can take to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on children and families.


Global situation in numbersSince the start of the outbreak in December 2019, COVID-19 has spread around the globe. Hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases have been reported in different regions. The pandemic has added yet another layer of vulnerability worldwide for the most disadvantaged children and families, many of whom are already living in conflict, poverty, violence or displacement.

In many countries, especially those with ongoing humanitarian crises, COVID-19 has created significant additional pressure on affected populations. The urban poor, migrant, internally displaced and refugee populations are especially at risk as they tend to live in overcrowded settings, making it near impossible to practice physical distancing.

Many vulnerable communities lack access to water and sanitation services. Children on the move are at further risk of exposure to the disease, as basic essential and life-saving services are hindered due to control measures, movement restrictions, border closures and discriminatory access to testing and health services.


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