Addressing the Effects of COVID-19 on Children, Adolescents and Mothers in South Asia: Report Summary.
SickKids Centre for Global Child Health. World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office.
International Resource Technical Report
Published: March 2021
UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia
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Sponsoring Organization: UNICEF/South Asia.
With some eleven million COVID-19 cases recorded by the end of 2020, the countries of South Asia continue to feel the full force of the global pandemic. Of even greater concern have been the indirect effects of the disease on the health, nutrition and social well-being of the most vulnerable of the region’s 1.8 billion people, especiallychildren, women and adolescents. The report, "Direct and Indirect Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic and Response in South Asia", uses a series of exercises based on actual observed changes in services and intervention coverage to model impacts on mortality, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions due to COVID-19. It also models the impact of nationwide stay-at-home orders as implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 on maternal and child mortality, educational attainment of children, and the region’s economy. The study focuses on South Asia’s six most populous countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and makes the case for interventions and strategies to minimize these indirect consequences. (Author abstract modified)
COVID-19; DISASTER PLANNING; DISASTER RESPONSE; SERVICE DELIVERY; SERVICE INTEGRATION; PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES; INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION; CHILD HEALTH; ADOLESCENTS; MOTHERS