What UNICEF does in the context of the new Coronavirus

UNICEF developed and continues to develop and share a series of communication materials dedicated to children and parents with the aim to help them better protect themselves and their love ones.

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14 March 2020

UNICEF’s current response focuses on supporting governments across the world, including those already affected and those preparing for a potential introduction of the disease. All UNICEF regions have identified priority countries based on the vulnerability of their health and social systems.

At the global, regional and country levels, UNICEF is coordinating its community engagement interventions with WHO and IFRC and issued guidelines on preparedness and readiness, stigma reduction. It is mobilizing key governments, local partners and private sector agencies to expand, coordinate and scale-up media messaging and community engagement interventions.

Many countries as part of their readiness plans have been conducting rapid assessments and KAP surveys to better understand risk factors, beliefs, perceptions and attitudes of specific communities, in order to contextualize and adapt materials, messages and interventions to better prevent and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

UNICEF is also carrying social listening/social media monitoring in various countries to better understand information gaps and rumors circulating and see how best they can be addressed.

In Romania, UNICEF is in close contact with WHO, national (including with the Ministry of Health and The National Authority for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Children and Adoptions, regional (The General Directorates of Social Assistance and Child Protection, Public Health Directorates) and local authorities from Bacau to closely monitor the situations.

UNICEF developed and continues to develop and share a series of communication materials dedicated to children and parents with the aim to help them better protect themselves and their love ones.

Please see below:

Also, on this link: http://bit.ly/MaterialeCruceaRosieUNICEF , there are a number of materials in pdf and jpg, landscape and portrait, pdf format, developed in partnership with the Red Cross Romania and distributed online and offline:

  1. Key Messages and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools (guidance)
  2. How to protect yourself against coronavirus - advice for children (poster)
  3. How to spend your time at home - advice for children (poster and flyer)
  4. How to talk about the novel coronavirus (poster)
  5. How to spend your time at home - tips for children (poster)

I.e. this package of materials was shared with approximately 10.000 teachers from all over the country via an online platform. How to spend your time at home – advises for children developed in partnership with Red Cross Romania was printed in 50.000 copies and will be shared through their volunteers.

UNICEF puts all its communication channels at the disposal of national and local authorities to share information about the way people can volunteer to support.

In Romania, based on the signed partnership with the Government, UNICEF works to ensure that every child has access to quality social, medical and inclusive education services, so that vulnerable parents and legal guardians receive the support they need to care for their children, and we fight to eliminate discrimination and violence against children. We test and implement the best programmes for children and their families through the partnerships with central, regional and local authorities, NGOs and children themselves.