COVID-19 Fallout! Number of children living in multidimensional poverty soars to 1.2 billion: Report
According to a new UNICEF and Save the Children analysis, the number of children living in multidimensional poverty – without access to health, education, housing, nutrition, sanitation, or water – has increased to around 1.2 billion due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
New analysis has revealed the number of children living in multidimensional poverty has increased by 15% since the start of the pandemic.
“COVID-19 and the lock-down measures imposed to prevent its spread have pushed millions of children deeper into poverty. Families on the cusp of escaping poverty have been pulled back in, while others are experiencing levels of deprivation they have never seen before. Most concerningly, we are closer to the beginning of this crisis than its end,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.