Health Desk- May 13, 2020: About 64 percent children from marginalized groups and their families are currently facing a severe food crisis, says a survey of Save the Children in Bangladesh.
The leading child rights organisation carried the survey over the phone calls in which from 121 children aged 10 to 18 in urban slums, tea gardens and disadvantaged rural areas shows that the food security situation in the families has reached at a critical stage as earning members become jobless during the crisis caused by Covid-19.
Of these 121 children, 40 percent are boys and 60 percent are girls and children with disabilities. Save the Children in Bangladesh’s Child Rights Governance sector conducted the survey.
Abdulla Al-Mamun, Director of Child Protection and Child Rights Governance, Save the Children in Bangladesh said, “This crisis has far reaching implications for children’s physical and psychosocial wellbeing. We have tried to reach the most marginalized children to get their perceptions, opinions on this crisis. We hope this will bring our duty bearers and policy makers’ attention to the issue for prompt and effective steps to minimize the adverse impact on children.”
The children who usually face humiliating punishment at home, 21 percent mentioned increase in such punishments during the Covid-19 crisis. On the other hand, this percentage is as high as 47% when it comes to physical punishment, it added.