The impacts of the pandemic on the health and well-being of children in Latin America and the Caribbean and its effect on child-sensitive social protection systems
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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on health, economic and social conditions in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, affecting different population groups in various ways. While children have not been among the main direct victims of the virus, the crisis triggered by the pandemic has placed children in a situation where they face obstacles to exercising their rights to health and education, social security, a standard of living that allows for their full development and protection from all forms of violence. These challenges are compounded by the fact that in 2020, one in two children was living in poverty. The public health measures most countries have implemented to contain the spread of the virus have also hampered children’s access to routine feeding and vaccination programmes, health check-ups and food and nutrition monitoring, timely diagnosis and medical referrals, and opportunities for free play or camaraderie with peers, all of which are fundamental to achieving their developmental potential.
Executive summary .-- Introduction .-- I. The COVID-19 pandemic in the region: the prolongation of the health crisis and its multidimensional impact .-- II. The multidimensional impact of the pandemic on the overall well-being of children in Latin America and the Caribbean .-- III. Recommendations to make progress towards child-sensitive social protection policies and reverse the impact of the pandemic.
TranslationLos impactos de la pandemia sobre la salud y el bienestar de niños y niñas en América Latina y el Caribe: la urgencia de avanzar hacia sistemas de protección social sensibles a los derechos de la niñez
SerieDocumentos de Proyectos
ECLAC SubtopicsCHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE ; COVID-19 ; HEALTH ; SOCIAL PROTECTION
United Nations SubtopicsCOVID-19 ; VIRUSES ; PANDEMICS ; MEDICAL ASPECTS ; SOCIAL ASPECTS ; CHILDREN ; ADOLESCENTS ; CHILD WELFARE ; SOCIAL SECURITY ; RIGHTS OF THE CHILD ; SOCIAL POLICY
Country / RegionLATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Project(s)Proyecto “Strengthening Social Protection for Pandemic Responses: Identifying the Vulnerable, Aiding Recovery and Building Resilience"