COVID lockdowns and financial crisis have caused stress in families globally, increasing child abuse. With EU funding, social scientists had developed and tested open-source parent support programs. We built an emergency coalition with WHO, UNICEF, CDC, EndViolence & UNODC. We rapidly adapted and translated simple parenting resources into 104 languages. Since April, uptake has reached 72.7 million people in 180 countries, with 26 governments using the resources in their national COVID responses.

Tags: Citizen Science, Covid-19, Digital Health, Gender, Mobile Health

Lucie Cluver

University of Oxford

Started as a child protection social worker in South Africa’s AIDS epidemic. Awarded University of Oxford’s youngest ever female full Professorship in 2015, and Professor at University of Cape Town. €37 million raised as PI since doctorate in 2008, all for policy-focused child research with African partners. Won EU Horizon 2020 Impact Award 2019, ESRC Outstanding International Impact Prize 2017 and Leverhulme Prize 2015, all for policy impact in Africa. Technical advisor to major initiatives such as PEPFAR, UNICEF, UNAIDS, the WHO. 170 publications including the Lancet, Nature. H-index: 46.

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