‘RM Child-Health’: safeguarding the health of refugee and migrant children in Europe
The health risks faced by refugee and migrant children, More than 1.3 million children have made their way to Europe since 2014, fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty in their own countries. They include at least 225,000 children travelling alone – most of them teenage boys – as well as 500,000 children under the age of five. In 2019 alone, almost 32,000 children (8,000 of them unaccompanied or…, Rising to the challenge: the ‘RM Child-Health’ initiative, EU health In response to this challenge, the European Union Directorate General for Health and Food Safety is working with UNICEF to help ensure that refugee and migrant children and their families have access to quality health care and essential  health information in six countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Serbia and…, Strengthen the capacity of national authorities, to deliver health care to refugee and migrant children, including immunizations, mental health and psychosocial support, gender-based violence prevention and response, as well as maternal and newborn health care and nutrition counselling., Increase health literacy among refugee and migrant children, by providing information to safeguard their own health and help them make right decisions about their health and wellbeing, and medical interpreters and cultural mediators to support communication between children and families and health care providers., Strengthen the implementation of health policies, by, for example, increasing the number of health workers with the skills and knowledge to support refugee and migrant children who need health care. “This collaboration between the EU and UNICEF will ensure better access for the most vulnerable refugee and migrant children to vital health care, and to the support they need for their emotional, as…, Voices from the field, Newsletters, RM Newsletter January 2021 UNICEF ECARO RM Newsletter June 2021 UNICEF ECARO The content of this webpage represents the views of the author(s) only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency or any other body of the…
UNICEF responds to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and Central Asia
UNICEF is moving fast to support children, adolescents and families as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the Europe and Central Asia Region. Our goal is to get the entire region working together as one for all children, particularly those who are already vulnerable to any crisis., Current situation, The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children goes far beyond any health risks. Across the Europe and Central Asia region, everyday services essential for their safety and well-being – from ante-natal care and home visits for new parents, to child protection and, of course, education – are grinding to a halt as entire populations go into…, The potential impact of COVID-19, The economic damage caused by COVID-19 will be immense and long-lasting, with estimates suggesting that an additional 33 million people – half of them children – could fall into extreme poverty as a result of the pandemic. Children in the Europe and Central Asia Region, like children elsewhere, now face the devastating and potentially life-long…, UNICEF's response, UNICEF is mobilising every resource to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Europe and Central Asia Region and protect vulnerable children against the impact of the pandemic. We are building on initiatives that are already in place to safeguard their health, education, protection and participation, as well as the shared knowledge gained from long-…, UNICEF is working with Governments, UN agencies and NGO partners to mount a child-focused response to the pandemic. Our joint aim is to stop COVID-19 transmission, ease the wider impact on families and keep vital services going, particularly for the most vulnerable children and adolescents. We are helping governments to procure life-saving…, Young people’s voices from across the Region, Traditional media are also helping to reach those who lack digital access, with hundreds of thousands of traditional print material (posters, leaflets etc.) complementing web-based, multi-language initiatives. COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of daily life for millions of children and their families. Given the impact of family stress and…, We are appealing for $149 million for the Europe and Central Asia Region to expand our work as part of UNICEF’s Global Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) for COVID-19 response. Against this target, the Region has already received $41,  million,  (11%) in funding from key donors., The appeal will enable UNICEF to ramp up its existing work to support national efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, while mitigating the impacts on children and their families. This will include:  Providing protective, life-saving health and hygiene supplies for facilities, health and social care workers and affected communities Supporting…, Detailed situation reports, UNICEF Europe & Central Asia Region, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  Situation Report No. 15 , 22 October - 25 November 2020.  UNICEF Europe & Central Asia Region, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  Situation Report No. 14 , 25 September - 21 October 2020.  UNICEF Europe & Central Asia Region, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  Situation Report No…, Responding to COVID-19. Behaviour and social change resource materials, A series of resource materials, tips and messages aiming at promoting protective behaviours, managing stress, dealing with children, and reducing stigma and discrimination. They are intended to help development of tailored communication tools for young people/adolescents, general public, parents, and frontline responders. Tips for parenting during…, Rapid Assessment of COVID-19 impact on children