Improving health literacy among refugee and migrant children
The ‘RM Child-Health’ initiative has supported work across five European countries to improve health literacy among refugee and migrant children. The aim is to enhance their knowledge about key health issues and risks, help them navigate health-service provision in their host countries and empower them to demand health services as their right., Health literacy – the ability to find, understand and use information to promote and maintain good health – matters for all of us. But it is particularly important for refugee and migrant children and adolescents who struggle to access health care. The challenges they face include a chronic lack of health information in their own languages, and a…, Step 1: Identify the challenges and the knowledge gaps, UNICEF has worked with partners and with young refugees and migrants on the ground to identify information gaps – work that has, in turn, guided the development of health literacy packages across all five countries on a range of crucial health issues, from immunization and nutrition to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and…, Step 2: Fill the knowledge gaps, using established and trusted channels, The assessment of health literacy supported by the ‘RM Child-health’ initiative has confirmed the languages in which all materials should be available, including Arabic, Farsi, French, and many more, as well as the information channels used most often by refugee and migrant communities. Awareness-raising sessions, face-to-face and online workshops…
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