05/13/2021
Safeguarding the health of refugee and migrant children during COVID-19
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/safeguarding-health-refugee-and-migrant-children-during-covid-19
"When COVID arrived here, I thought: ‘It's over, it will spread throughout the building’. I didn't think it was possible to avoid the spread of the outbreak. Instead, we have had very few cases and we owe this, above all, to the support we received from INTERSOS and UNICEF."  Josehaly (Josy), a refugee living in Rome A field worker from Intersos…, In Bulgaria, , UNICEF and its partners were able to take immediate measures with support from the ‘RM Child-Health’ initiative to alleviate the impact, including online awareness raising and information sessions and the use of different channels for communication, including social media. UNICEF’s partners, the Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria (CRWB) and…, In Greece, , the initiative supported the development of child-friendly information posters and stickers for refugee and migrant children and their families on critical preventive measures and on what to do and where to go if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms., In Italy, , the initiative has supported outreach teams and community mobilization, providing refugee and migrant families with the information and resources they need to keep the pandemic at bay. In Rome, for example, health promoters from Intersos continued to work directly with refugee and migrant communities in informal settlements, not only to prevent…, In Serbia, , the initiative has supported UNICEF’s efforts to improve the immunization process for refugee children and migrants by strengthening the assessment and monitoring process. As a result of such efforts, refugees and migrants have been included in the national COVID-19 Immunization Plan.  , Building on what works, As these examples show, support from the ‘RM Child-Health initiative’ has helped UNICEF and its partners rise to the challenges posed by the pandemic over the past year. The initiative has enabled frontline workers to accelerate, adapt, expand and intensify work that was already underway, and to mobilize social media and other channels, as well as…
08/06/2021
Ukraine’s elderly reunited with loved ones after vaccine
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/ukraines-elderly-reunited-loved-ones-after-vaccine
Today is a big day for Olha Antoniuk. After more than a year of isolation and an 84th birthday spent without her loved ones, she is preparing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “I have two daughters, five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren,” says Olha, who lives at a nursing home for war and labour veterans in Korosten, northern Ukraine. “…, Reunited at last, Petro Kyrylenko, 83, lives in a nursing home in Ukraine’s Zyktomyr region, along with his 82-year-old wife Rimma. The COVID-19 vaccine will change their lives. “I’m sure the vaccine is a chance to return to normal life," says Rimma. Petro Kyrylenko, 83, lives in a nursing home in Ukraine’s Zyktomyr region Before the pandemic, Petro was often…, Brighter days ahead, The COVID-19 pandemic has also impacted people who live with disabilities. Anatolii Nesterenko is just 52, but lives in a nursing home after doctors were forced to amputate both his legs as a result of severe frostbite. Anatolii Nesterenko is just 52, but lives in a nursing home. Anatolii did not hesitate to get vaccinated. He believes it is a…, Vaccinated and protected, A mobile vaccination team travels around the Zhytomyr region to reach vulnerable groups like these. Three of the physicians received training as part of the COVAX initiative. “We were specifically taught to work with the RNA vaccine,” explains Svitlana Pastukh, a family doctor and one of the members of the mobile team. “This is good because…, Hope for the future, UNICEF works with communities across Ukraine to increase demand for vaccination among priority population groups, especially older adults. It also works with the government to ensure that people over 60 receive up-to-date information about vaccination against COVID-19, including the types of vaccine that are available and how to receive them.…