(Sandhya Jha, Intern Journalist): By the end of 2020, 86 million children will become poor due to Corona. This will bring the total number of children affected by poverty to 67.2 million worldwide. This will be 15% higher than the previous year. About two-thirds of these children will be from African and other South Asian countries, including India. This is revealed in a joint study of UNICEF and Save the Children.

Earlier, the World Bank also expressed the possibility of increasing poverty worldwide due to the pandemic. World Bank President David Malpass said in a conference last week that this would make 60 million people very poor all over the world. They will also lose all their profits made in the last three years.

Government should expand social security system

UNICEF and Save the Children have requested all governments to expand their social security system. Accelerate providing food to children in schools, thereby reducing the impact of the pandemic. The two agencies have assessed the outbreak on the basis of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the population of about 100 countries. Accordingly, the pandemic is more likely to spread in Europe and Central Asia.

If you take immediate steps, the impact of the pandemic can be reduced.

UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore has said that the Corona will cause a large-scale economic crisis on families. This will reverse the progress made so far in reducing poverty among children for many years. Children will be denied essential services. However, according to Inger Ashing, head of Save the Children, by taking immediate and decisive steps, the impact of the epidemic on poor countries can be prevented. This will also save the children most affected by the epidemic. Hunger and malnutrition can also have a greater impact on these children in a short time. This threatens to affect their entire lives.

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