30 November 2023

Combatting gender-based violence across Europe and Central Asia

Gender based violence  can involve physical, psychological, sexual, and economic harm inflicted particularly on women and girls. The consequences of this violence are both visible and hidden and can result in long-lasting physical and emotional impacts. Gender-based violence is a pervasive public health issue, and is both a consequence of and…, Moldova, In Ungheni, Moldova, three girls have become champions of non-violence at school while advocating for girls' rights. Earlier this year, UNICEF supported Ionela and Bianca to conduct information sessions on violence against children and combating gender stereotypes for teenagers from their secondary school. Ionela is the head of the Bullying and…, Türkiye, In 2023, the European Union supported UNICEF with EUR 4 million to expand services helping to protect children and adolescents in Türkiye. This funding enabled UNICEF to expand programmes dedicated to  prevention, risk mitigation and response of  GBV reaching  65,000 children and adolescents. Türkiye remains home to the largest refugee population…, Bosnia and Herzegovina, In Bosnia and Herzegovina, girls are boldly raising their voices against inequality. Around the world, girl-led movements are advocating for their fundamental rights including ending  child marriage and female genital mutilation, demanding action on climate change, and trail-blazing in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM…
28 June 2023

The impact of Covid-19 on the maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services

Overall, changes in mortality in the ECA region due to service disruption have been mild. Data suggests that swift action to restore services was effective and able to limit any negative and unintended consequences of the global pandemic. One key element, related to disruptions in service, has been the degree to which healthcare workers were…, As the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be assessed, a better understanding of health system disruption and the consequences for maternal and child health in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region would be valuable to guide programme planning and priority setting by global health stakeholders. The objective of this mixed-method…, Recommendations , Europe and Central Asia, Overall recommended targeted actions to safeguard essential maternal and newborn services include: The pandemic has highlighted the importance of investing in resilient health systems that can respond to crises while maintaining essential services. Governments, health organizations, and communities must work together to address the impacts of…, Albania, Maintaining the delivery of essential MNCHN services during a global pandemic and other emergencies requires a strong and resilient health system. Several key areas will be critical to restore, rebuild, and strengthen in order to improve health outcomes. Recommendations for Albania focus on the importance of contingency planning, a strong healthy…, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maintaining the delivery of essential MNCHN services during a global pandemic and other emergencies requires a strong and resilient health system. Several key areas will be critical to restore, rebuild, and strengthen in order to improve health outcomes. Recommendations for Bosnia and Herzegovina focus on the importance of sound leadership to…, Kosovo*, Maintaining the delivery of essential MNCHN services during a global pandemic will require a strong and resilient health system. Several key areas will be critical to restore, rebuild, and strengthen in order to improve health outcomes. Recommendations for Kosovo focus on rebuilding and maintaining adequate stockpiles of key resources needed to…, Montenegro, To maintain delivery of essential MNCHN services during a global pandemic will require a strong and resilient health system. Several key areas are critical to restore, rebuild, and strengthen in order to improve health outcomes. Recommendations for Montenegro focus on strengthening the health information systems to support key functions such as…, Serbia, To maintain delivery of essential MNCHN services during a global pandemic will require a strong and resilient health system. Several key areas will be critical to restore, rebuild, and strengthen in order to improve health outcomes. Recommendations for Serbia focus on strengthening the health information system to serve as a robust, reliable, and…, The impact of Covid-19 on the maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services in the Europe and Central Asia Region UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia Geneva, Switzerland Telephone: +41 22 909 5111 Email: ecaro@unicef.org ww.unicef.org/eca Cover photo: UNICEF/UN0338838/Zhanibekov United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)…
29 November 2022

How a pair of spectacles changed one girl’s life

EU Health programme With funding from the European Union (EU) ‘RM Child-Health Initiative’, UNICEF and its partners have been supporting holistic paediatric health services that aim to reach every refugee and migrant child in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As the initiative draws to a close, we look back at some of the highlights since its launch in 2020…, 2020: A pair of eyeglasses brings hope, “I will wear these glasses all the time. I hope I won't lose them during the next ‘ game’ ", said 10-year-old Maisa.* In her world, the word "game" was the slang she used to describe attempts to cross the border from Bosnia and Herzegovina into the European Union. We met Maisa in Cazin with her father, picking out a pair of eyeglasses. She had…, 2021: holistic support for a child travelling alone, When Adil was just 10 years old, he left his small village in Afghanistan to escape recruitment into the Taliban and made his way west, hoping for a more secure future in Europe. Six thousand kilometres and five years later, he was in the TRC Sedra in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  And here, UNICEF’s partners on the ground were providing Adil and other…, 2022: The sanctuary of a Mother and Baby Corner, At the Ušivak Temporary Reception Centre, near the country’s capital Sarajevo, Mariam is visiting the Mother and Baby Corner with her 18-month old son. She fled from conflict in Guinea and arrived less than a month ago. She is three months pregnant and, for her, the Mother and Baby Corner is a sanctuary – a place of comfort. “We were warmly…, Taking stock of the ‘RM Child-Health’ Initiative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 3484 refugee and migrant children accessed health checks and referrals to public healthcare services, including to immunization, with UNICEF support – almost 3 times the number targeted for the Initiative. 3338 refugee and migrant children accessed mother, and child healthcare, including infant and young child feeding counselling, with UNICEF…
09 June 2021

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on children and families in the Western Balkans and Türkiye

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…, 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…, Expected results, Over this two-year initiative, across the Western Balkans and Türkiye 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 Türkiye during the first nine months of programme implementation. UNICEF EU logo * This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line…