Virtual Roundtable: The Impact of COVID-19 on Children in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries and Communities

Around the globe, children are facing the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Comic Relief US’s June 24th virtual roundtable convened a range of international nonprofits that are working on the frontlines to ensure children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are safe, healthy and educated. This in-depth conversation cut across multiple issues, including hunger, migrant/refugee populations, education, and gender equity in relation to the pandemic’s impact on children.
Watch the full roundtable discussion below:


  • Alison Moore, CEO, Comic Relief US (moderator)
  • Miguel Fonte, Executive Director, Promundo
  • Dr. Githinji Gitahi, CEO, AMREF
  • Arnav Kapur, Lead of Philanthropic Partnerships, India and South Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Charles Owubah, CEO, Action Against Hunger
  • Heather Simpson, Chief Program Officer, Room to Read
  • Patrick Sooma, Sr. Humanitarian Protection Specialist, International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Lorelei Williams, SVP, Grants Programs, Comic Relief US

Topics :

  • The potential long-term educational, economic, and health effects of COVID-19 in LMICs;
  • The implications of COVID on global food security, education, gender equity and migrant/refugee populations;
  • How the response of local governments and the global health community has influenced the work of international nonprofits; and
  • A forward-looking vision post-COVID-19: How to rebuild and remodel to benefit low-income children and their families.