Engaging Communities to ensure safety and wellbeing of families during COVID-19 pandemic

By addressing complacency towards COVID-19 appropriate behaviors, getting vaccinated and seeking services for shadow issues.

UNICEF Bhutan
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18 June 2021

To ensure people continue to follow COVID-19 safety measures and to sensitize them on the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, health officials across the country are conducting risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) activities in the communities.

As part of its support to the Royal Government of Bhutan’s COVID-19 response, UNICEF Bhutan is supporting the community engagement activities in 14 districts where health workers are sensitizing local government leaders, religious leaders, village health workers and teachers including school health coordinators on keeping their communities safe from COVID-19.  The Health Promotion Division with the Ministry of Health is leading the RCCE activities.

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A village elderly shares his views during a sensitization meeting on COVID-19 for village health workers at Thragom village in Yalang, Trashiyangtse.
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Trashiyangste's District Health Officer, Singye Dorji reiterates the need to practice COVID-19 safety protocols to village health workers and village elderlies, who through their network reach the messages to the residents.
A man, barefoot, attends the COVID-19 sensitization meeting in Trashiyangtse.
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Village health workers, teachers, village elderly and local government leaders attend a COVID-19 sensitization meeting at Thragom village in Yalang, Trashiyangtse district.
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Senior Health Assistant, Kezangla, engages the participants on COVID-19 safety measures at Tsenkhar in Lhuentse district.
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Women leaders at the communities were among the 16 local government leaders who attended the COVID-19 sensitization session at Tsenkhar in Lhuentse district.
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UNICEF Bhutan's C4D Specialist Tobgye flags some of the COVID-19 shadow issues that local government leaders in Lhuentse district could help address in the communities.