The COVID-19 Challenges in Pakistan and the Significance of Strategic Management in Mitigating Inequality and Safeguarding Children

  • Qaisar Ali
  • Muhsina Fazal
  • Rabia Majeed
  • Sayyam
Keywords: COVID-19, Strategic Management, Inequality and Safeguarding Children


This article examines the urgent challenges encountered by children amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary objectives encompass mitigating potential hazards to the physical and psychological welfare of children, guaranteeing their access to essential provisions such as sustenance, housing, and schooling, and furnishing assistance and safeguarding to those who are particularly susceptible, such as those residing in low-income homes or necessitating supplementary aid. Underprivileged populations experience a disproportionate impact from the accumulation of COVID-related hazards, highlighting the imperative to address these issues in order to mitigate further injustices. This study demonstrates that despite the global endeavours to mitigate the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan's approach towards addressing the inadvertent consequences on the well-being of children lacks clarity. This underscores the importance of developing and executing a comprehensive policy to ensure the safety and well-being of children during the ongoing pandemic. The research strategy will focus on monitoring and tackling six significant challenges. These challenges include enhancing the availability of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene, mitigating environmental degradation and climate change, reducing child poverty rates, safeguarding children's mental well-being, expanding educational prospects for all children, and ensuring access to health and nutrition services. The primary objective of this study is to assist stakeholders and policymakers in developing a policy framework that places a high priority on ensuring the safety of children, particularly those who are most susceptible, both during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.