COVID-19 and children data hub
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are far-reaching and will be borne by children for years to come. For millions, learning has come to a halt and essential health services like the delivery of life-saving vaccines are out of reach. Others have been plunged into a lifelong cycle of poverty. Using the latest available data, this hub highlights the impacts of the pandemic on children’s poverty, education, health, nutrition and more.
Half of health care facilities around the world lack basic hygiene services with water and soap or alcohol-based hand rub where patients receive care and at toilets in 2021. The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme produces internationally comparable estimates of progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This year’s report presents national, regional and global estimates for WASH in health care facilities up to the year 2021, with a special focus on WASH and infection prevention and control (IPC).
Global vaccination continues to decline in 2021 with 25 million children missing out on lifesaving vaccines, 2 million more than in 2020, and 6 million more than in 2019. These numbers signal the largest continued decline in childhood vaccinations in approximately 30 years. The WHO/UNICEF estimates provide the world’s largest and most comprehensive data-set on immunization trends for vaccinations against 13 life-threatening diseases. This year, data were provided from 177 countries.