COVID-19: Children – hidden victims of the pandemic

The new wave of the coronavirus pandemic has shown that we still cannot foresee the scale of the impact of coronavirus on our society. Due to the need to act quickly and efficiently, in order to combat the health, social, and economic risks to children and their family members, UNICEF invites you to participate, by making a donation, in purchasing medical and protective equipment and support the continuation of the joint struggle aimed at ensuring a happier childhood for every child.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a threat to people’s lives and is causing unforeseeable consequences for families, nations, and societies. While children less frequently fall ill due to the virus, they are actually its hidden victims. The health, social, and economic risks facing parents have a major impact on the development of children. Long-term exposure of families to these risks, without adequate systemic and professionally-guided support, can leave a deep mark in the lives and future of numerous children.

UNICEF is an international organisation with great experience in providing assistance in emergencies. Owing to its long-standing cooperation with about a thousand suppliers across the world, as well as possessing the world’s largest humanitarian warehouse, UNICEF is able to provide necessary and verified equipment and supplies in the shortest amount of time possible in order to achieve its goal of providing assistance to children and their families. Our experience and reliability are also evidenced by the fact that we provide assistance in over 300 emergencies a year and that we have carried out our mission for more than 70 years.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, UNICEF in Serbia has worked together with numerous partners on stopping the spread of the virus, providing assistance to save citizens’ lives and mitigate the adverse effects which the pandemic causes in all segments of society. In addition to supporting the health care system, UNICEF also continues to provide assistance to education and social protection systems, ensuring the continuity of services for children and families.

Owing to donations by the private sector, engaged individuals and UNICEF’s National Ambassador in Serbia Ana Ivanović, we have provided medical equipment: 50 Drager ventilators, 12 of which were intended for premature babies, a pulse oximeter for the most vulnerable patients, 411 oxygen flowmeters, protective equipment (71,900 surgical gloves, 5,200 protective aprons, 167,150 protective gowns, 99,950 surgical masks, 11,349 protective suits, 5376 visors, 14,380 N95 masks) for frontline health care workers. Hygiene and family packages were received by about 16,000 families in Roma settlements, almost 4,400 foster families, 19 residential institutions and about 2,300 persons in asylum and reception centres, and reception centres for refugees and migrants.