COVID-19 & Orphanhood Social Media – Long description

Orphanhood Bar

Regional minimum estimates of numbers of children who lost a family-caregiver* due to COVID-19.
*A mother, a father, custodial grandparents or other co-residing caregivers.

Death of primary and/or secondary caregiver
Africa: 173,600
Americas: 794,400
Eastern Mediterranean: 184,100
Europe: 182,200
South-East Asia: 217,700
Western Pacific: 13,330

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Orphanhood Map

Country-specific minimum primary and/or secondary caregiver* loss estimates due to COVID-19.
*Primary and/or secondary caregiver (parent, custodial grandparent, or other co-residing grandparent caregiver)
USA: 136,692
Mexico: 203,549
Peru: 136,572
Brazil: 189,899
South Africa: 119,242
India: 186,972

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Orphanhood People

For every 2 adults who die due to COVID-19, 1 child is left without a family-caregiver.
Orphanhood: Death of one or both parents
Lost Primary Caregivers: Death of one or both parents; Death of one or both custodial grandparents
Lost Primary or Secondary Caregivers: Death of one or both parents; Death of One or both custodial grandparents; Death of at least one co-residing grandparent or kin*
*Grandparents or other older kin (greater than or equal to 60 years of age) co-residing with family members younger than 18 years.

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Orphanhood Trend

COVID-19 deaths and children affected by orphanhood and death of caregivers between March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021.
2021: 3.2 million COVID-19 deaths; 1.2 million children affected
2020: 1.8 million COVID-19 deaths; 0.9 million children affected

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Page last reviewed: July 21, 2021
Content source: Global Health