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Nepal: More children testing positive for Covid-19 this time

Last year, when Nepal faced the first wave of the coronavirus, not many children were reported to have contracted the virus; thanks to the prolonged lockdown, school closure, and other restrictive measures that kept the infection rate low among children.

WHO calls for urgent action to ramp up production of COVID-19 vaccines for all

New York: Urgent action is needed to increase production of COVID-19 vaccines that will be distributed through the global initiative making these medicines accessible by all countries, the UN’s top health official said on Friday.

Mental health alert for 332 million children linked to COVID-19 lockdown policies: UNICEF

New York: The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, says the mental health of millions of children worldwide has been put at risk, with at least one in seven forced to remain at home under nationwide public health orders – or recommendations – during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steroids boost survival of preterm babies in low-resource settings, study finds  

Geneva: The results of a new clinical trial, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that dexamethasone—a glucocorticoid used to treat many conditions, including rheumatic problems and severe COVID-19— can boost survival of premature babies when given to pregnant women at risk of preterm birth in low-resource settings.

More research needed into COVID-19 effects on children, says WHO head

New York: More research is needed into factors that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease among children and adolescents, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said, adding that while children may have largely been spared many of the most severe effects, they have suffered in other ways.

Nearly 550,000 children in U.S. test positive for COVID-19

Washington/Xinhua: Nearly 550,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to a new report of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.

Children have ‘nowhere to turn’, as COVID-19 hits protection, social services, reports UNICEF

New York: Disruptions to services for preventing and responding to violence in the home , due to the global pandemic, has left children in more than 100 countries vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, a UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) survey has found.

COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Not Expected This Year - Head of Gamaleya Reseach Institute

Moscow/Sputnik: The coronavirus vaccine will not be available for children in Russia yet, it has to go through a full cycle of trials on adults first, the director of the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Alexander Gintsburg, told Sputnik.

Child rights observatory and its partner commit to support State to say no to stigma on COVID19

Bhopal/IBNS: A total of 65 members from 25 districts of Madhya Pradesh participated in a webinar hosted recently by Child Rights Observatory, Madhya Pradesh.

Child rights observatory and its partner commit to support State to say no to stigma on COVID19

Bhopal/IBNS: A total of 65 members from 25 districts of Madhya Pradesh participated in a webinar hosted recently by Child Rights Observatory, Madhya Pradesh.

Spread of hepatitis B in children under five, lowest in decades: WHO

New York: The global prevalence of potentially-deadly hepatitis B in children under age five, dropped to under one per cent in 2019 – down from five per cent in the pre-vaccine decades between the 1980s and early 2000s, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Monday.

Countries failing to stop harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, warn WHO and UNICEF

Geneva/IBNS: A new report by WHO, UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals that despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information.

Child healthcare and education suffered most during lockdown, study finds

New Delhi/IBNS: During the nationwide lockdown imposed as it was necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 50 per cent of the parents with children below five years of age in the households were not been able to access immunisation services, as revealed by a rapid online survey conducted by CRY – Child Rights and You.

UN chief calls for greater protection for children caught up in COVID-19 crisis

New York/IBNS: The looming global recession resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could cause hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths this year, effectively reversing recent gains in reducing infant mortality, a new UN report issued on Thursday has revealed.

Countries violate rights over climate change, argue youth activists in landmark UN complaint

New York: The failure of governments to act on the climate crisis, constitutes a violation of children’s rights, according to a landmark complaint presented to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child by 16 youth activists.