Children: The Hidden Pandemic 2021: A Joint Report of COVID-19 Associated Orphanhood and a Strategy for Action.
Hillis, Susan. Unwin, Juliette. Cluver, Lucie. Sherr, Lorraine. Goldman, Philip S. Rawlings, Laura B. Bachman, Gretchen. Villaveces, Andres. Nelson, Charles. Green, Philip. Flaxman, Seth.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) United States. Agency for International Development. World Bank. World Health Organization. University of Oxford. University College, London. Imperial College, London. University of Cape Town.
Federal Publication/Policy International Resource Technical Report
Published: July 22, 2021
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This report presents statistical data from 192 countries on children experiencing COVID-19-associated orphanhood and death of grandparent caregivers, a description of the trends in these data, a real-time COVID-19 Calculator for Death of Parents and Caregivers, and strategies and principles for integrating care for children bereaved by the virus into every nation’s COVID-19 response planning. This report includes data from March 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021, and provides the most extensive estimates yet on the current and projected number of children experiencing orphanhood and death of caregivers. The report demonstrates that protecting children from the dire, potentially irreversible threats of this health emergency demands both immediate and sustained action at all levels. (Author abstract modified)
COVID-19; DISASTER RESPONSE; ORPHANS; DEATH; GRANDPARENTS; KINSHIP CARE; RESIDENTIAL CARE INSTITUTIONS; WELL BEING; GRIEF; ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES; POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER; LOSS