UNICEF India COVID-19 Situation Report No. 5

1 - 31 August 2020

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  • More than 650 million children, adolescents and their families across India have been reached with accurate information on how to stay safe from COVID-19 through a mix of innovative and traditional mechanisms. UNICEF prioritized addressing misinformation to ensure that discrimination is not further entrenched as communities observe physical distancing.
  • Total 2.2 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 centres.
  • Some 40 million children continue to learn through education initiatives launched by UNICEF and partners across 16 states, with 20 million more children still to reach as per the target.
  • So far 3,700 children without parental or family care have been provided with appropriate alternative care arrangements.
  • Some 4.9 million children and women receiving essential healthcare, including prenatal, delivery and postnatal care, essential newborn care, immunization and HIV care in UNICEF supported facilities.
  • 84,800 children (0-59 months) were admitted for treatment of severe acute malnutrition since January.
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