Some of the most vulnerable children and their families across Africa who depend on the informal economy for their livelihoods are and will increasingly be impacted by measures designed to stop the spread of COVID-19, Save the Children is warning, as the number of people on the continent infected with COVID-19 reached 10,000 yesterday.
Sylvana, 13, is a Burundian girl currently living with her parents and younger brother in Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. “When I was in Burundi. I would see other children go to school while I had to stay at home because my father could not afford to buy me a pair of shoes. Despite all the challenges I wanted to go to school.” Sylvana narrates.
As the number of Covid-19 cases across the African continent rose dramatically this week, health systems that serve some of the most vulnerable and marginalised children and families in the world will come under ever-increasing strain, warns Save the Children.
By Luke Harman, Senior Social Protection Adviser and Yolande Wright, Global Director Poverty Reduction, Climate Resilience, Gender Equality and Inclusion, Save the Children, on behalf of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty
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