Families with children or teens are currently the most affected by the Covid-19 crisis in Brazil, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) study.

The study entitled ‘Primary and secondary impacts of Covid-19 on children and adolescents’, conducted across Brazil by the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics (IBOPE), proves that most low-income Brazilians who live with people under 18 years of age are facing food insecurity and even famine, among many other challenges.

‘Although children and adolescents are not the most directly affected by Covid-19, the study makes it clear they are the hidden victims of the pandemic,’ Paola Babos, UNICEF deputy representative in Brazil, stated.

She detailed these families have dealt with the greatest income reductions, the food quality worsened, and many of their rights are at risk.

According to Babos, understanding these impacts and prioritizing the rights of minors in response to the pandemic is critical.

Likewise, the study reveals that a most of children and adolescents in private and public schools continued to have access to education during the pandemic.

However, 9% of children could not continue studying at home, which increased exclusion in Brazil.

‘The results make it clear that access to rights is uneven in Brazil. With the pandemic, inequalities may worsen, strongly affecting those who are already in a vulnerable situation,’ Babos warned.

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