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‘COVID-19 is making a global childcare crisis even worse’: UNICEF chief

4 August 2020 – Following the release of a UN study that shows at least 40 million children have missed out on early childhood education due to measures to combat COVID-19, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, warned that “the pandemic is making a global childcare crisis even worse.” The research brief, published on Wednesday, looks …


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UN chief outlines ‘bold steps’ for education in the face of COVID-19 disruption

4 August 2020 – Describing education as “the key to personal development and the future of societies”, António Guterres issued recommendations to get children back in the classroom in a policy brief launched alongside a new global campaign called Save our Future. “As the world faces unsustainable levels of inequality, we need education – the great equalizer – more than …


Breast-feeding gives children their best start in life – Unicef

3 August 2020 – Breast-feeding is the foundation for child survival. Feeding an infant a diet of 100% breast milk as a complete food source in the first six months of life is important for growth and development. As breast-feeding is readily available, affordable and nutritious it also functions as a protective shield later in life, against obesity and non-communicable …

Peer mentors: Frontline heroes during COVID-19

3 August 2020 – It’s a brisk autumn morning in Ga-Rankuwa, about 50km west of Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital. Clients gather outside Phedisong 4 Clinic, all wearing masks, but not everyone maintains social distancing in this era of COVID-19. This changes as soon as they enter the clinic, where they sit apart in rows or on benches. For adolescent …

Young people ‘not invincible’ in COVID-19 pandemic: WHO chief

1 August 2020 – Evidence suggests that the spike in cases in some countries is partly due to younger people “letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday. “We have said it before and we’ll say it again: young people are not invincible”, he told journalists. “Young people can be infected; …

Five things you should know about disposable masks and plastic pollution

1 August 2020 – The fight against plastic pollution is being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the use of disposable masks, gloves and other protective equipment soars, but UN agencies and partners insist that, if effective measures are put into place, the amount of plastics discarded every year can be significantly cut, or even eliminated. 1) Pollution driven by …