Global minimum estimates of children affected by COVID-19-associated orphanhood and deaths of caregivers

A new joint global study led by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the Lancet reveals that during the first 14 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, at least 1.5 million children lost a parent, custodial grandparent, or other caregiver due to COVID-19. The magnitude of caregiver loss during the COVID-19 pandemic shows an urgent need for ensuring equitable global access to vaccines, supporting family-based care for children, and using evidence-based interventions such as those highlighted in INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children to reduce the increased risk of vulnerability to abuse, neglect and other forms of violence in children who have lost parents or caregivers.

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