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119,000 Indian children lost caregivers to Covid in 14 months: Report

According to a study published in The Lancet, more than 1.5 million children in 21 countries, including 1,19,000 in India, lost their primary and secondary caregivers to COVID-19 during the first 14 months of the pandemic. gave.

The study funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said that 25,500 children in India lost their mothers to COVID-19, while 90,751 lost their mothers. lost father and 12 lost both of his. Parents.

The study estimates that 1,134,000 children lost their parents or custodial grandparents due to COVID-19. Of these, 10,42,000 children lost their mother, father or both. Most lost one, not both parents.

Overall, 1,562,000 children have experienced the death of at least one parent or guardian or other co-resident grandparent (or other older relative), the NIH said in a media release.

It states that the countries with the highest number of children losing primary caregivers (parents or custodial grandparents) include South Africa, Peru, the United States, India, Brazil and Mexico.

Countries with rates of COVID-related deaths in primary caregivers (> 1/1000 children) include Peru, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Iran, the United States, Argentina and Russia.

“While a child’s experience after the loss of a parent or caregiver can be devastating, there are evidence-based interventions that can prevent further adverse outcomes, such as substance use, and we must ensure that that children have access to these interventions,” said NIDA director Nora de Volkow.

According to the report, 2,898 Indian children lost one of their custodial grandparents, while nine lost both their grandparents.

However, India has 0.5 rate of loss of primary and custodial parent per 1,000 children as compared to other countries like South Africa (6.4), Peru (14.1), Brazil (3.5), Colombia (3.4), Mexico (5.1) It is very little. Russia (2.0), and the US (1.8).

“When examining how gender and age variation in death and the average number of children affected paternal versus maternal orphan estimates, we found that, with the exception of South Africa, women in each country compared Deaths were higher among men, especially of middle-aged and older parents,” the report said.

(Only the title and image in this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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