In the Rohingya camps in the Cox’s Bazar area, 2,500 Unicef supported learning centres closed during the Covid-19 crisis
The number of children receiving routine immunisation in Bangladesh dropped by 49 percent in April compared to the previous month, Unicef said in a report.
In its latest report on children in South Asia released on Tuesday, the Unicef said that Covid-19 pandemic is unravelling decades of health, education and other advances for children across South Asia.
Unicef regional director for South Asia Jean Gough said that the Covid-19 could destroy the hopes and futures of an entire generation if urgent action is not initiated now.
According to the report, immunisation, nutrition and other vital health services have been severely disrupted in the South Asian region. It is potentially threatening the lives of up to 459,000 children and mothers over the next six months.
The report said that with the schools closed more than 430 million children have to depend upon remote learning. With several households, especially in the rural areas having no electricity or internet access, many of the disadvantaged students may become school dropouts under the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.
In the Rohingya camps in the Cox's Bazar area of southern Bangladesh, 2,500 Unicef supported learning centres closed during the Covid-19 crisis. Since these areas do not have access to internet and electricity, the children have no access to remote learning available in other parts of Bangladesh.
Unicef projects that over the coming six months as many as 120 million more children could be pushed into poverty and food insecurity, joining some 240 million children already classified as poor.
The report said that in order to mitigate the impact on poorer families, governments should immediately direct more resources towards social protection schemes, including emergency universal child benefits and school feeding programmes.