COVID-19 is a child rights crisis, says UNICEF representative

Published July 14, 2020, 1:14 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a child rights crisis and has spurred two groups into action so that children returning to schools will receive proper hand washing supplies while frontline workers will be provided with much-needed personal protective equipment and health supplies.

Through the use of its platform, Grab Philippines will receive in-app donations that will enable UNICEF to purchase masks, gloves, soap, tents, and gowns for healthcare workers and children returning to schools which lack basic sanitation.

Grab users can donate money by using the GrabPay e-wallet or donate their accumulated Grab Rewards points to support UNICEF’s efforts to deliver essential supplies where they are needed the most.

“The COVID-19 crisis is a child rights crisis,” said Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, UNICEF Philippines Country Representative.

“Children have been affected by the pandemic in many ways such as stopping of school and essential services such as immunization, and increased risk of online exploitation. The private sector has shown time and again that they are committed to protecting child rights during this time.”

Since the pandemic broke out, UNICEF Philippines has been busy working with the government and its partners to stop the spread of the virus.

Children have been at the heart of all its efforts, and it is the goal of UNICEF to mitigate the long-term impact of the pandemic on children.

By partnering with private companies such as Grab, UNICEF is able to raise awareness about the health risks of COVID-19 and generate funding.

Globally, UNICEF needs US$1.6 billion to support its humanitarian response for children who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic while in the Philippines, UNICEF needs US$14 million.