The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Alliance) is organizing the 2020 Annual Meeting on Child Protection in Humanitarian Action over a virtual platform from the 5th to 16th of October 2020. This includes 5 half-days dedicated to the theme of the annual meeting: Infectious Disease Outbreaks and the Protection of Children. It also includes 5 half-days dedicated to the Alliance’s Working Group and Task Force meetings. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for Child Protection actors to come together and exchange knowledge and experience, while networking with other agencies, academics, policy makers and donors. The annual meeting represents a forum where important themes can be discussed and ways forward can be developed.
The world has faced an unprecedented challenge in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic. Health measures to control the spread of the coronavirus has included widespread lockdowns and school closures. Billions of children around the world have already been impacted by this crisis. The mid- to long-term consequences of this pandemic on the protection of the children remain uncertain.
This year’s theme, Infectious disease outbreak and protection of children, was selected based on the current reality that we are all dealing with. This year’s meeting will explore the lessons learnt, promising practice and innovative approaches to protection of children amidst infectious disease outbreaks.