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More Children Entering Orphanhood
Worldwide, an estimated 10.5 million children lost a parent or caregiver(s) to COVID-19
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Millions of Children Entered Orphanhood due to COVID-19
Worldwide, the number of children who lost a parent or caregiver(s) due to COVID-19 is estimated at 10.5 million, a study co-led by CDC found. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics in September 2022, used COVID-19 excess mortality data from the World Health Organization
COVID-19 Deaths Continue in Low-Income Countries
While COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations are declining in some parts of the world, in low-income countries the COVID-19 death toll is four times higher than in high-income countries. Additionally, one-third of the world’s population remains unvaccinated in low-income countries.
Children Who Lose a Parent or Caregiver to COVID-19 Face Risks
Children who enter orphanhood often face risks that may increase the likelihood of experiencing poverty, abuse, delayed development, mental health challenges, reduced access to education, and institutionalization. Strong evidence exists to guide child-protective response measures.
Urgent Actions Needed to Prevent COVID-19 Adverse Outcomes Affecting Children
Children who lost a caregiver during the COVID-19 pandemic need assistance. One way to help is to prevent COVID-19 caregiver deaths by accelerating equitable access to vaccines, mitigation efforts, and access to healthcare.
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The Number of Children Orphaned by COVID Keeps Rising