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Exploring critical actions countries can take to finance an inclusive recovery for children.
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Country stakeholders from ministries of health, ministries of finance, civil society organizations, and the private sector, can use the recommendations outlined in this guidance to 1. generate a country-specific list of essential health-care services to protect, 2. determine explicit measures to ensure these investments are prioritized as governments consider the multiple demands on public budgets, 3. identify actions to speed up necessary reforms and generate fiscal space to protect and expand social services for children , and 4. learn about ways to innovate, close financing and coverage gaps, and ensure more resilient economies to respond to future shocks.
Although the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on economies is still uncertain, the policies and financing decisions taken to ensure an inclusive recovery could significantly improve the wellbeing of children and their caregivers, and the outcomes for economies. As the world moves into a recovery phase, the best possible investment for the future of economies and societies is the investment in all children. UNICEF has developed this guidance document that provides recommendations and actionable steps to finance an inclusive recovery for children.