Responding to COVID-19 | ChildFund New Zealand

Responding to COVID-19

In the face of COVID-19

With social distancing, national lockdowns and travel restrictions, the world has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, in particular, vulnerable people living in lower-income communities.

As of 30 June 2020, there were over 10 million reported cases of COVID-19, with more than 500,000 deaths and 150,000 new cases added every day, according to the World Health Organisation.

Because of this, many countries have closed schools and businesses, cancelled public events, and have asked or required that people stay at home, leaving only to purchase necessities such as food and medication. These measures come at a great social and economic cost, leaving the world’s most vulnerable populations isolated and at risk as they struggle to stay healthy and meet basic needs.

Sadly, with the uncertainty of income and food and the stresses families are facing during this crisis, children are more vulnerable to violence while simultaneously having less access to support and protection.

To help minimize the negative effects of the pandemic, and make sure children and families remain healthy, educated, and safe, ChildFund’s COVID-19 Response Plan focuses on four key priority areas:

  1. Stop COVID-19 from infecting children and families.
  2. Ensure that children get the food they need.
  3. Keep children safe from violence—physically and emotionally.
  4. Help children to continue their learning.