27 September 2022

Adolescent Development and Participation

In Latin America and the Caribbean, 106 million people are experiencing the second decade of life. These are adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 who are facing physical changes, building social relationships and shaping emotional and mental skills decisive for their development. This phase is essential in defining who they want to be in the…, Critical issues affecting adolescents and young people in Latin America and the Caribbean ,   Every day, adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean encounter barriers to developing their full potential. Predominant challenges in the region include a rising rate of youth violence; one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the world; unaddressed physical and mental health needs, and limited opportunities to develop skills needed…, What do we do?, Participation Support adolescent's agency and participation, to promote their positive development so they can influence the environments in which they live. We engage adolescents and youth in safe spaces where they gain the skills they need to become agile, adaptive citizens and can raise awareness of the issues that concern them, bringing ideas into action., Social norms Strengthen efforts in transforming social norms and behaviors,, and foster strong connections and communications between adolescents, parents, communities, and institutions. Adolescence is often seen as rebellious and difficult to deal with. However, in a favorable environment, adolescents can thrive and positively impact the communities where they live., Systems Enhance systems for an integral approach to adolescent development., Due to their rapid intellectual, emotional, and physical development, adolescents have different needs than children and adults, posing a distinctive challenge for public policies, services and delivery platforms.  It is vital to address the full range of adolescents' needs and consider their age and gender across sectors (including education,…, Know about our resources
24 January 2022

What to do if you or your child gets sick with COVID-19 at home

Many people who get sick with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and are able to recover at home. For a lot of families living together though, it’s often difficult to avoid spreading the virus to others. Here are some tips on what to do if you or a family member gets sick.   People who test positive for COVID-19 and have mild or no symptoms can…, How to care for someone with COVID-19, As you look after your sick family member, remember to take care of yourself too. Limit the number of caregivers. Ideally, assign one person who is in good health and not at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 – i.e. fully vaccinated, below 60 years old and with no chronic health conditions.  Help the sick person to follow instructions from…, How to wash your hands,  , What to tell children if someone falls sick in the family, Being sick is hard on everyone in the family, including those who aren’t ill. How children respond to the situation depends a lot on their age. Younger children might not understand what is going on and why they suddenly cannot see a parent or sibling. For older children it can cause worry and painful feelings. Some might blame themselves for what…, What to do if you fall ill, If you feel ill or test positive for COVID-19 then stay home. If your condition worsens or you have difficulty breathing, call your healthcare facility immediately.  If you are your child’s sole caregiver, then consider who could look after your child if you become too ill to do so. Ideally, the caregiver should be someone who is not at higher…, What to do if your child is ill, If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, then seek medical advice as soon as they start to feel unwell, even if symptoms are mild. If your doctor says it is safe to care for your child at home, try to limit contact to one caregiver as much as possible to protect other family members – especially those at high risk of severe disease – from being…