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)…
15 November 2022

A Mother and baby corner - a place of health and serenity

EU Health programme With funding from the European Union (EU) ‘RM Child-Health Initiative’, UNICEF and its partners have supported the health and wellbeing of refugee and migrant children and their families in Serbia. As the initiative draws to a close, we look back at some highlights since its launch in 2020.   , 2020: A Mother and baby corner - a place of health and serenity, We met Sharife, [1] a mother of four, at the Mother and Baby Corner (MBC) in Belgrade, run by the humanitarian organization ADRA [2] , with support from UNICEF through the ‘RM Child-Health’ Initiative. Her youngest son, Shahir Milos, was 18 months old and was born with congenital heart disease. Here at the MBC, she could spend time in a safe space…, 2021: Reflections on the risks of alcohol and substance abuse among young refugees and migrants in Serbia, In 2021, Jelena Vasic, MD, trainee in child psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health (Clinic for Children and Youth) in Belgrade, shared her personal impressions of cutting-edge research on substance abuse among children and youth from refugee and migrant communities. The co-funded ‘RM Child-Health’ Initiative was supporting work by UNICEF…, 2022: Building trust and a new generation of frontline workers, “Just today we talked about how to cope with stress. We also learn how to recognize violence. Now we know that it's not always physical and visible, that it can also be psychological.”  Mahdieh, [i] aged 35, from Iraqi Kurdistan, at the Reception Centre in Vranje, Serbia  , Building trust, With support from the ‘RM Child-Health’ initiative, UNICEF’s partner Info Park organizes workshops at its safe space for women and girls at the Reception Centre in Vranje, Serbia. Milica and Aleksandra from Info Park provide support and referrals for their physical health but psychosocial support is often the priority. “They’re often withdrawn,…, Building a new generation of frontline workers, As well as enhancing the skills of today’s frontline workers, like Milica, the ‘RM Child-Health’ Initiative is looking ahead to support the training of those who will work with refugee and migrant children in the future. Students are now enrolling in the Protection of Children Affected by Migration course at the Faculty of Political Sciences in…, Taking stock of the ‘RM Child-Health’ Initiative in Serbia, 2036 refugee and migrant children were reached with community-based psychosocial support activities – more than 4 times the number originally targeted for the Initiative. 828 refugee and migrant children were reached with gender-based violence (GBV) prevention activities and response services – more than 1.5 times the number originally targeted.…