02 July 2021

How to talk to your children about COVID-19 vaccines

News about COVID-19 vaccines is flooding our daily lives and it is only natural that curious young children will have questions – lots of them. Here are some tips for helping to explain what can be a complicated topic in simple and reassuring terms., 1. Make sure you’re up to date yourself, Before talking to your children about COVID-19 vaccines, it is important that you understand them yourself. A great place to start is our conversation with Dr. Mike Varshavski. Find out what you need know about vaccines., 2. Ask and listen, Invite your child to share what they have heard about COVID-19 vaccines and listen to their responses. It is important to be fully engaged and take any fears they have seriously. Be patient, the pandemic and misinformation has caused a lot of worry and uncertainty for everyone. Let them know that they can always talk to you or another trusted…, 3. Be honest with them, Children have a right to know what is going on, but it should be explained to them in an age-appropriate way. Keep in mind that kids take their emotional cues from adults, so even if you are worried for your little one knowing that they might be uncomfortable, try not to overshare your fears with your child. Play can be a helpful tool for working…, 4. Answer their questions, Here are some kid-friendly responses to keep in your back pocket for questions your child may have about COVID-19 vaccines: 4.1 What is a vaccine? A vaccine is like a shield that protects you from an illness. 4.2 How do vaccines work? Vaccines teach your body how to fight off illnesses. They do that by putting a tiny piece of the germ that causes…
10 May 2021

Families on the Edge (Issue 4)

The Families on the Edge research project was commissioned by UNICEF and UNFPA to support evidence-informed policy-making and public dialogue on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and children in low-income urban families in Malaysia, as well as the relevance, adequacy and accessibility of public policy responses to the pandemic. The project involved surveying 500 low-income households living in sixteen of Kuala Lumpur’s public housing estates in May 2020, September 2020, December 2020 and March 2021. Minireports or statistical updates have been published after each of these surveys and a consolidated final analytical report is planned for May 2021. Given its focus on the residents of Kuala Lumpur’s low-cost public housing estates, Families on the Edge is not intended to provide nationally representative data but rather aims to provide specific insights into the experiences of Malaysia’s urban low-income families who comprise around 10 per cent of Malaysia’s population. This report is the final in the series and was conducted in March 2021 – almost exactly a year after the first COVID-19 Movement Control Order came into force. The reports provide data on a large number of indicators that have been tracked over the course of the project, while also providing insights on the future prospects for the participant families. The project concludes with indicative policy recommendations for consideration by the Government of Malaysia and other stakeholders.
12 April 2021

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Children & Families in Malaysia

Around the world, the spread of the pandemic has had a significant socioeconomic impact on the lives of people and has put considerable pressure on healthcare systems. It has revealed how vulnerable many families are and how unprepared they were to face this unprecedented crisis. Medical personnel and social work practitioners, among other frontline staff, have been pushed to the brink due to overwork and stress. Like elsewhere, the lockdown in Malaysia disrupted family life and daily routines, with severe consequences for children’s welfare and wellbeing. The report covers the periods from the beginning of the MCO on 18 March until the second half of September 2020 when the interviews were completed. The study methodology combines a series of strategies and tools to collect and consolidate information about how the COVID-19 epidemic has affected child protection service delivery across Malaysia This research was conducted by Child Frontiers and the Malaysian Association of Social Workers for UNICEF Malaysia with editorial and technical support by UNICEF. © UNICEF Malaysia 2021. All rights reserved. This report was produced with the financial support of the European Union (EU) under the “Protecting Children affected by migration in Southeast, South and Central Asia” project, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, and do not necessarily reflect the views of either bodies, the United Nations, including UNICEF, the UN Member States or the Government of Malaysia.