How UNICEF is helping Bangsamoro children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

Protecting children and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in communities

UNICEF Philippines
UNICEF staff members inspect boxes of UNICEF supplies
UNICEF Philippines/2020
29 May 2020

UNICEF Philippines provided tents for hospital preparedness and response for COVID-19. 


A health worker wearing personal protective equipment peeks out of a UNICEF tent
UNICEF Philippines/2020

A nurse from the Cotabato Regional Medical Center peeks out from a UNICEF tent being used for triage in their COVID-19 response. 


A health worker attends an online webinar on a laptop
UNICEF Philippines/2020

A health worker attends an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) webinar. The training, aimed at COVID-19 interventions in home and community settings, was developed in collaboration with the Department of Health, the World Health Organization and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 


Health workers attend a meeting while practicing physical distancing
Tongkil, Sulu, Rural Health Unit/2020

A Rural Health Unit staff member in Tongkil, Sulu, shares what she learned from the IPC training to health staff in their locality. 


A young person wearing a face mask holds a smartphone showing the U-Report messaging interface
UNICEF Philippines/2020

Abdul Rauf Lumabao, 20, answers survey questions from the U-Report platform on how adolescents and young people are feeling about COVID-19. Three polls on COVID-19 have been conducted and three more are planned until June. Out of 1,000 who responded to the surveys so far, most shared they were feeling worried and sad. 


A woman wearing a face mask washes her hands at a handwashing station provided by UNICEF.
UNICEF Philippines/2020

Handwashing stations in various areas such as quarantine checkpoints were put up to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 


Two people read banners containing information about COVID-19 and safety guidelines on how to prevent its spread.
UNICEF Philippines/2020

Posters with messages on how to avoid infection and stay healthy are placed in key areas for public awareness. 


People put together food packs to be distributed to families affected by COVID-19
UNICEF Philippines/2020

UNICEF, with the Mindanao Humanitarian Team, translated COVID-19 related core messages to five BARMM local languages with illustrations. These will be inserted in food packs for wider distribution to different areas of BARMM. 


A government worker at her desk using a computer donated by UNICEF
UNICEF Philippines/2020

Ais Abas-Sambolawan, a senior writer and editor at the Bangsamoro Government’s Bureau of Public Information writes stories on how the Bangsamoro government is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. UNICEF, apart from providing technical assistance, gave computers, wi-fi stations and transportation support to help with information dissemination. 


A religious leader, wearing a face mask, holds up a printed sermon
Bureau of Public Information-BARMM/2020

The Mufti of the Bangsamoro and Executive Director of the Regional Darul Ifta - BARMM, Mufti Abu Huraira A. Udasan, delivers his weekly virtual Muhadarah (lessons) related to COVID-19. UNICEF helped outline messages and reviewed the successive draft versions and helped convene the Religious Committee for the drafting of the sermons. 

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