UNICEF is a United Nations institution that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.
Most of UNICEF's work is in the field, with staff in over 190 countries and territories.
With health services disrupted and poverty soaring due to the pandemic, "the future of an entire generation is at risk," warned UNICEF. The agency called on governments to do more to improve the services for kids.
An estimated 10 million underage children are put to work in India, according to UNICEF. Many fear the pandemic and the months' long lockdown could make matters even worse. Many kids might not return to class once schools reopen in some Indian states in mid-October.
In some of the world's richest countries, including Germany, many children are dissatisfied with their lives, a UNICEF study shows. The COVID-19 crisis is having a "catastrophic" effect on children's well-being.
Over 463 million kids whose schools closed due to the pandemic are not able to engage in distance learning, UNICEF has warned. The youngest, as well as those from poor or rural households, are most likely to miss out.