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Even though children are less likely to fall ill from Coronavirus, wide-ranging actions are needed so that children do not become hidden victims of the pandemic. In particular, the pandemic and required mitigation measures have worrying impact on household incomes and food, health, education and social protection systems. Owing to these impacts, millions of vulnerable children and women may not benefit from the diets, services and practices they need to support adequate nutrition. This document provides a narrative on UNICEF’s nutrition programming to protect, promote and support maternal and child nutrition in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It summarizes the pathways through which the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a negative impact on the nutrition of children and women and outlines UNICEF’s nutrition programming priorities in five areas, based on the universal premise that prevention comes first in all contexts and when preventions fails, treatment is a must. The implementation of these priorities will be a key pillar of UNICEF’s efforts to respond, to recover, and to reimagine nutrition, for every child. Click here to read the document.