01/29/2021
Improving health literacy among refugee and migrant children
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories-region/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…
06/09/2021
Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on children and families in the Western Balkans and Turkey
https://www.unicef.org/eca/mitigating-impact-covid-19-children-and-families-western-balkans-and-turkey
The COVID-19 pandemic is taking an unprecedented toll on children and families, There is abundant evidence that children bear a heavy burden resulting from disrupted essential services, increased social isolation, and loss of family income. In pandemic times, parents and caregivers are more likely to feel overwhelmed with providing stimulation and care for their young children and delay seeking prompt medical attention for…, strengthen national health, education, early childhood development, and child protection systems to ensure continuity in the provision of core services for vulnerable children and their families in the immediate and the longer-term recovery response to COVID-19., The initiative is being implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* [1] , Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey.  , Action and impact, Seid uses the C-board application with his mother Dorina, in Podgorica, in December 2021. 1 December 2021 -  75 children with speech and language impairments will, comunicate better using, C-board application, launched by UNICEF Montenegro  and partners. It will also, help families and teachers become more aware of their children’s full potential. , Child is playng a game on ipad and learning about online safety. 10 November 2021 -, UNICEF Albania, will reach to 400 children and 100 parents and ensure that they have access to a mobile, “digital literacy and online safety curricula”,  and know about the,  , importance of mental health and where to seek support., Social worker is responding to a call to support parent in Montenegro. 30 October 2021 -, UNICEF Montenegro,   launched the toll-free telephone number 080 888 888, to support parents who are facing numerous challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic., Father reads book to his son. 29 June 2021 – In, Montenegro, , UNICEF’s   #ParentChat programme teaches Mums and Dads, positive parenting techniques that help in stressful times., On 15 July 2020, a caregiver hugs a three-year-old girl at Hana and Rozafa, a state-run residential centre in Tirana, the capital city of Albania. 6 October 2021 -, UNICEF Kosovo* , and University in Prishtina in partnerships with the European Union signed a new agreement : To, improve access to mental and psycho-social health services, for children Sanela runs the phoneline service, which was launched as one of the services within the “Mladost” Children’s Home in Bijela. 3 August 2021 – In, Montenegro, , within the project a universal SOS phoneline is set up to, provide professional counselling and assistance to children and young people., A baby girl receives her vaccination at a clinic in Serbia. 5 July 2021 – In, Bosnia and Herzegovina, , UNICEF and EU support is helping parents to keep their, children’s vaccination  , schedules, up to date. , How UNICEF and EU will support children and families, The European Union’s contribution of €5 million will help to ensure the continuity and quality of essential services in a context of epidemiological restrictions, while building durable national capacities that deliver quality services for children and families. The work at local level is aligned with the national needs and priorities and includes:, Strengthening the continuity of essential health and nutrition services and capacity of health service professionals., Activities will include research and analysis, technical support to ensure community of essential services and commodities, support for development of national guidelines and innovative platforms that enable parents to access information on newborn care, breastfeeding, nutrition and immunization, as well as capacity building of…, Strengthening the continuity of child protection services and capacity of social work and social service professionals, to better identify and respond to the needs of vulnerable children and families by creating access to child protection services and   mental health and psycho-social counselling., Strengthening education services through capacity development of, teachers in delivering quality and inclusive learning through digital learning for all children. Support will include developing teacher training, guidance, adapting inclusive high-quality teaching materials to local languages, and capacities of and providing advice to policy framework to improve the effectiveness and quality of distance learning., Supporting early childhood development (ECD) services and the capacity of ECD professionals., Emphasis is placed on expanding and improving the quality of tools and digital resources and that support children, their caregivers, and wide range of ECD practitioners. Innovative solutions will include, for example, online learning platforms for pre-school children and for children with developmental difficulties, and a smartphone app that can…, Expected results, Over this two-year initiative, across the Western Balkans and Turkey Continuation of vaccination services during COVID-19. 78,500 children and 84,000 caregivers will benefit from the continuation of essential maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services. Girl is attending the centre to continue her education during COVID-19 pandemic.…, Newsletters, Key highlights from the ongoing work This newsletter provides key highlights from the ongoing work in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*1, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey during the first nine months of programme implementation. UNICEF EU logo, * , This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence   This website was created and is maintained with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office and do…, Contact for more information, Ivelina Borisova, Regional Adviser, Early Childhood Development
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…
02/01/2021
Strengthening the implementation of health policies
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/strengthening-implementation-health-policies
The ‘RM Child-Health’ initiative supports work across five European countries to build the capacity of those working directly with refugee and migrant children and adolescents, equipping them to work effectively with youngsters whose health needs are often complex., Even the best health policy is only as good as its implementation. The success of a policy written down on paper depends entirely on the ability of real-live people on the ground to turn it into tangible action. When it comes to refugee and migrant children in Europe, those who work directly with them will often determine whether or not a policy…, Helping frontline workers help refugee and migrant children, The ‘RM Child-health’ initiative aims to ease the pressure on frontline workers by enhancing their communication with children and by strengthening health systems through, for example, effective referral mechanisms. Better communication between children and health services is supported by training and mobilizing linguistic and cultural mediators…, Looking beyond health care, The initiative also promotes and supports multi-disciplinary approaches and teams to address the complex causes of health problems among refugee and migrant children – from trauma, anxiety and over-crowded conditions, to lack of hygiene facilities and immunization. As a result, support from the ‘RM Child-health’ initiative builds…
01/29/2021
Strengthening national health capacity for refugee and migrant children
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/strengthening-national-health-capacity-refugee-and-migrant-children
“This collaboration is helping to stimulate public demand for strong national health systems that work for everybody and that rise to new challenges, such as disease outbreaks.” Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director, The ‘RM Child-Health’ initiative has supported work across five European countries to enhance and strengthen the capacity of national health systems to meet the health needs of refugee and migrant children. This work recognizes that a health system that works for such vulnerable children is a health system that works for every child., At first glance, helping a 10-year girl from Iran, now living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, get a new pair of glasses might seem a simple thing. For Maisa, however, this is the end result of a continuum of intensive support, from identifying a girl who struggles with an eye condition, to connecting her to a skilled ophthalmologist. And now Maisa…, Basic health care for all refugee and migrant children, Nothing builds trust and confidence in health care more than health services that are accessible, flexible and that work with – rather than against – the grain of people’s everyday lives. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, for example, the ‘RM Child-Health’ initiative supports efforts to ensure that every single refugee and migrant child in the country…, Building a solid foundation of knowledge for stronger health systems, The initiative also recognizes that strong health systems need to be built on a firm foundation of evidence and research. Activities since January 2020 have included ground-breaking research in Bulgaria on refugees’ experiences of health services in their countries of origin, and how this has shaped their expectations and uptake of health services…
05/31/2021
Making the European Child Guarantee a Reality. Insights from testing the European Child Guarantee
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/making-european-child-guarantee-reality-insights-testing-european-child-guarantee
Logos _EU, UNICEF and Portuguese Presidency The European Commission has partnered with UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) to test how the EU Child Guarantee can work in practice in seven Member States. The high-level event “Making the European Child Guarantee a Reality in the EU: Insights from testing the European Child…, Let's listen to young people from Europe and Central Asia answering tough questions, What does it mean to be a child living in poverty or facing disadvantages? UNICEF ECARO What do you feel when you think about child poverty or about exclusion and discrimination? UNICEF ECARO What do you think that the leaders in your country and in Europe should guarantee to children living in poverty or those that face difficulties? UNICEF ECARO…, AGENDA, Time Agenda item Speaker     Moderator: Shada Islam, Opening,     15:00 – 15:30 Opening remarks, Mr. David Sassoli, , President of the European Parliament (Video Message), Ms. Ana, Mendes Godinho,, Minister for Employment, Solidarity, and Social Security, Portugal, Mr., Nicolas Schmit,, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Ms, ., Afshan Khan,, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia (ECA), and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe, Panel 1, Services and programmes focusing on the most disadvantaged children,   15:30 – 15:30  , Sharing of experience from pilot Member States, Ms. Elena Bonetti, , Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family, Italy, Ms. Domna-Maria Michailidou, , Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Greece, Mr. Ivan Krastev, , Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Bulgaria, Ms. Margareta Mađerić, , State Secretary, Minister of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy, Croatia, Panel 2, Accelerating and implementing policies for ending child poverty and exclusion,   15:30 – 15:55  , Sharing of experience from pilot Member States, Mr. Nacho Álvarez, , State Secretary for Social Rights, Spain, Ms. Juliane Seifert,, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany, Ms. Vilma Augienė, , Deputy Minister of Social Security and Labour, Lithuania, Mr. Andrea Orlando, , Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Italy, Panel 3, Reflections from other EU participants,   16:20 – 15:50  , Ms. Karine Lalieux,, Minister of Pensions and Social Integration, Belgium, Mr. Adrien Taquet, , State Secretary for Childhood and Family, France, Ms. Florica Cherecheș, , President of the National Authority for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Children and Adoptions, Romania, Ms. Saila Ruuth, , State Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland,  , Reflections from other participants, Closing, Building momentum for the European Child Guarantee and looking to the future,   16:50 – 17:00  , Mr. Janez Cigler Kralj, , Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia (video message), Ms. Dubravka Šuica,, Vice-President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography, SPEAKERS, SHADA ISLAM Personal archive, Moderator, SHADA ISLAM, Shada Islam is an influential Brussels-based specialist on European Union affairs who works independently as a commentator, advisor, analyst and strategist on Europe, Asia, Africa, Geopolitics, Trade, Migration, Inclusion, Diversity and Women’s Empowerment. Shada has spent most of her professional life researching, writing, analysing and speaking…, European Commission, DUBRAVKA ŠUICA, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography Since December 2019, Ms. Dubravka Šuica is the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Democracy and Demography. Ms. Šuica is a Croatian politician from the city of Dubrovnik, where she served as its first female mayor and was awarded the 2006 World Mayor Award. She…, NICOLAS SCHMIT, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit took up office as European Commissioner responsible for Jobs and Social Rights in December 2019. Prior to this, he served as a Member of the European Parliament for the social-democratic Lëtzebuerger Sozialistesch Aarbechterpartei following his election in May 2019. From 2009 to 2018…, UNICEF, AFSHAN KHAN, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, and the Special Coordinator for the Refuge and Migrant Response in Europe. Ms. Khan has been an international public servant for over 30 years. Previously she was the Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF, and she has also held other senior positions including Director of Public-Sector…, Belgium, KARINE LALIEUX, Minister of Pensions, Social Integration, Fighting Poverty and Disabled Persons Born on 4 May 1964 in Anderlecht (Brussels), Karine Lalieux studied Criminology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she was a lecturer for more than ten years. In 1999, Karine Lalieux ran for the first time in the Federal elections and was elected Member of the…, Bulgaria, IVAN KRASTEV, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Ivan Krastev is responsible for the management of European Union Funds and the Ministry's activities related to international cooperation. He was born in 1980 in Stara Zagora. He holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, and a Master's degree in…, Croatia, MARGARETA MADERIC, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, the Pension System, the Family and Social Policy European Union Margareta Mađerić was born on 2 July 1977 in Zagreb. After finishing high school, she enrolled in Zagreb School of Business where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communication and worked as a marketing and communications manager…, Finland, SAILA RUUTH, State Secretary to Minister of Social Affairs Before her appointment as State Secretary, Saila Ruuth worked in the Finnish Industrial Union as an expert in social affairs and working environment. Her other previous workplaces include the Ministry of Education and Culture, employment pension company Ilmarinen, and the unemployment fund of the…, Finland, AINO-KAISA PEKONEN, Finland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health. Aino-Kaisa Pekonen has served as Member of Parliament since 2011, focusing in particular on questions regarding social and health policy. Pekonen is a trained Practical Nurse for Social and Health Care and she used to work as a housing counsellor and practical nurse before being elected as Member of…, France, ADRIEN TAQUET, Politician Adrien Taquet (1977) is a French politician representing La République En Marche. He is an alumnus of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He was elected to the French National Assembly in June 2017, representing the department of the Hauts-de-Seine.  On 25 January 2019, he was nominated as Secretary of State for Child Protection…, Germany, JULIANE SEIFERT, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Since 2018 Juliane Seifert has been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. From 2016 until 2017 she held the position of Federal Manager of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Before, she…, Greece, DR DOMNA MICHAILIDOU, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Dr Domna Michailidou is responsible for social welfare and social solidarity. She is an academic economist working on economic development, financial crises and public finances. She was previously Reforms’ Adviser to the Leader of New Democracy Party in Greece, where she advised Kyriakos Mitsotakis on a…, Italy, ANDREA ORLANDO, Minister of Labour and Social Policies Andrea Orlando was born in La Spezia on February 8 th , 1969. From 13 February 2021 he is Minister of Labour and Social Policies in the Government chaired by Prime Minister Mario Draghi.He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, from the 15 th in 2006 to the current 18 th legislature, and since 27 March 2018…, Italy, ELENA BONETTI, Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family Ms. Elena Bonetti is Associate Professor of Mathematical Analysis at the University of Milan. Graduated in Mathematics in 1997 at the University of Pavia, in 2002 Ms. Bonetti obtained a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Milan. She is committed to the Scout Movement and has experiences in the field…, Lithuania, VILMA AUGIEN, É, Vice Minister of Social Security and Labour Vilma Augiené received her Bachelors in pre-school pedagogy and psychology from the Vilnius Pedagogical University in 1993 and her Masters in Children’s Rights in 2013. She was first appointed Vice-Minister of Social Security and Labour in 2017, and then reappointed in 2020. Before this she has served as…, Portugal, ANA MENDES GODINHO, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Ana Mendes Godinho is the Portuguese Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security since 26 October 2019. She was the Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism between 2015 and 2019. Before joining the Government of Portugal, she was Vice-President of the Portuguese National Tourism Authority…, Romania, FLORICA CHERECHEŞ, President of the National Authority for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Children and Adoptions Mrs. Florica Cherecheș possesses vast experience in the field of human rights as a result of her two consecutive mandates as deputy in the Romanian Parliament. In her official capacity, she drafted more than 100 bills (30 of them were enacted…, Slovenia, JANEZ CIGLER KRALJ, Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the Republic of Slovenia Janez Cigler Kralj holds a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences from the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Ljubljana. Prior to his political career he worked for a media company and the national scholarship fund. Between 2012 and 2020, he…, Spain, IGNACIO ÁLVAREZ PERALTA, Secretary of State for Social Rights of the Government of Spain. Ignacio Álvarez Peralta holds a PhD in Economics from the University Complutense of Madrid. He is an Associate Professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Department of Economic Structure, and a Research Associate at the Complutense Institute of International Studies (ICEI). He…