UNICEF and sister agencies, led by SDG Lab, support Commandant’s Office Risk Communication

Behaviorally informed messaging aims to encourage Armenians to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UNICEF Armenia
Boy washes his hands.
UNICEF Armenia/2020/Margaryan
22 May 2020
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These days when the lockdown measures have eased, a lot of people have started to enjoy each other’s company and try to live their life as before. Here are some simple steps not to expose your loved ones and your neighbors to the virus!

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Many parents cannot afford to work remotely and have to go to their workplace. At the same time, many rely on public transportation to go to work or elsewhere. Here are simple steps you need to take to protect yourself and your co-workers from catching the virus!

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In this video, Zovanush Simonyan, a pharmacist in Yerevan, is talking about her work during the COVID-19 pandemic. She makes a lot of dedicated effort to explain precautionary measures to customers and is convinced that we will overcome this together if we stick to the recommended rules! In the video, she also offers a homemade recipe for preparing alcogel.

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The following newly released four videos tell the stories of four women who survived the virus in March-April.

 

Lilit, 42, caught the virus while she was travelling abroad. “Once diagnosed, I thought that I would never recover,” she remembers. It took her almost an entire month to fully recover. Lilit notes that psychosocial support was so necessary during that time. “I look at life with different eyes now!” says Lilit.

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Karine was hospitalized in Yerevan in a severe condition. She speaks high of the medical and psychosocial support that she received in the hospital. She was the happiest to be able to see her children right after she recovered and tested negative. “Value every day and follow the rules!” she says.

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Gohar, 61, is from Charentsavan city in Armenia. She was diagnosed with double sided pneumonia in early March, while her relatives were diagnosed earlier. While in isolation, Gohar’s only thoughts were that her 6 children stay healthy. “I broke down, I was so happy, when the doctors told me that I can go home!”

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Angela is from Hayanist village in Masis region of Armenia. She was hired to work at a sewing factory where she caught the virus. Once diagnosed she was isolated in March. She tells the story of how she spent the day in the hospital trying to recover. “If we follow the precautionary measures carefully, we will overcome this!”

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Together we will overcome it!

In April 2020, UNICEF joined the UN Resident Coordinator’s office and UN sister agencies, led by the SDG Lab, to support Commandant’s Office with the development and production of behaviorally informed risk communication around the coronavirus pandemic.

As the numbers are still on the rise, the communication materials aim to remind the public of the many risks associated with coronavirus and encourage them to prevent its further spread through maintaining physical distance, proper handwashing and use of individual protective items, as well as by avoiding crowded areas. Together we will overcome it!

The following newly released three videos explain how the virus can be easily spread if we do not exercise caution and stick to recommended measures to stop its spread at home, in the community and at workplace.

Even a simple act of going to the yard to play with friends can expose yourself and your family to the virus. Here are some simple steps that you need to take around the playground and once you come home to avoid the virus!