UNICEF India COVID-19 Situation Report No. 1

1 March to 30 April 2020

मुंबई के देवनार इलाके में देवनार डंपिंग यार्ड के पास बच्चे खेलते हैं।
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  • Millions of children and their families across India have been reached with the correct information on how to stay safe from COVID-19 through a mix of innovative and traditional mechanisms. Some 85 per cent of 1.25 million women frontline community health workers and auxiliary nurse/midwives have been trained on risk communication, while key influencers including media and faith leaders have supported awareness raising. UNICEF is leading the coordination for a government campaign addressing stigma.
  • Close to a million healthcare facility staff and community health workers have been trained in Infection Prevention and Control. WASH assessments have been conducted for health care facilities and quarantine centers. UNICEF is working with state governments to adapt existing schemes during the lockdown to ensure that essential health and nutrition services continue.
  •  Around 23 million children continue to learn through education initiatives launched by UNICEF and partners. More vulnerable families, including migrant families, are receiving social assistance and cash transfers from government as a result of additional social protection monitoring mechanisms supported by UNICEF.
  • Over 53,000 children and their caregivers have been provided with psychosocial support as a result of UNICEF’s support, including training of child protection functionaries and counsellors together with government.
  • A trusted partner of the Government of India, with a proven track record in supporting health emergencies, UNICEF, together with WHO and other UN agencies, has activated its entire machinery to support the Government towards two key goals: reducing transmission and mitigating the impact of the pandemic on children, young people and their care providers, especially the most vulnerable.
Cover page of the report.

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