Prioritising children's rights in the COVID-19 response

The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

This editorial piece from The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health urges that the "far-reaching consequences [of the COVID-19 crisis] call for children and their right to health, education, and protection to be prioritised in the pandemic response and recovery planning."

"Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity for governments worldwide to reassess priorities—advancing human development and reducing disparities, especially for children, must be a major investment," says the editorial, including investing in health, education, and social protection. "As poverty and deprivation disproportionately affect the young, social protection such as cash transfer and nutrition programmes should be strengthened for children, especially those at the margins of society."