WWO are co-authors of a critical joint report, ‘update to the Lancet report on February 24, 2022, 6.7 million children have now suffered from COVID-19-associated orphanhood and caregiver death in the past two years.’, which revealed the significant global crisis of children losing a parent or caregiver as a result of COVID-19. In an
This number is rapidly growing: every 6 seconds another child loses a parent or caregiver.
These children and their families are likely to go on to face many challenges – including the loss of income, mental health issues, as well as the inability to access education and health care. Children are also more likely to end up in an orphanage because of these challenges, even if they have only lost one caregiver.
We know there is a better alternative. Children who are well supported and cared for by a family member after losing a parent or other primary caregiver show great resiliency.
Therefore, now is not the time to build more orphanages.
Now is the time to strengthen families – and we must act now!