09 August 2022

How to teach your child to love reading

A love of reading opens the door to adventures, learning new things and a whole host of key language skills such as speech development and vocabulary building. Spending time with books also creates special moments for you to bond with your child and enjoy each other’s company. Just 10 to 15 minutes a day with a book is enough to spark your curious…, Start right away,   Reading to your newborn helps to give them the best start in life. Babies learn language from adults who repeat and read words to them. When you read to your little one, talk about the characters and objects in the book or the sounds the animals make. Hearing your voice helps give meaning to the letters and pictures they are seeing. As you read…, Model what a good reader looks like,   It is important for children to see reading as something fun and pleasurable to do rather than a difficult task. What better way to teach this than to show them the ropes yourself! If your children see you reading often, it is more likely to encourage them. This will also help to promote time away from screens. If you have been away from reading…, Take turns,   As your child grows older, take turns reading out loud to each other. If you have an early reader, this can be as much as asking your child to point out letters and words he recognizes. Next, take turns reading sentences. As his abilities grow, you can take turns reading pages and eventually chapters. As you read together, ask questions about…, Listen to your child,   As your little one grows, pay attention to her interests. If she is particularly drawn to a particular topic, like dinosaurs, try to find children’s books about that subject. This will help to reinforce that books are tools for learning more about the things we care about and she will be more likely to read if the subject matter is her favourite…, Make it a routine,   Making reading an enjoyable part of your child’s life starts with incorporating books into your daily routine. Create a special reading time before bed or while taking public transportation. While you are together, make sure to limit distractions like mobile phones and television. Your time should be all about each other! Part of learning to…, Reading milestones,   While every child is different, here are some of the milestones you may observe as your child's reading skills develop: Birth – 18 months Understands some simple phrases Looks at books and tries to turn pages Imitates speech At around 1 year can say one or more words 18 months – 3 years Can say 250 – 350 words at around 2 years and 800 – 1,000…
27 June 2022

What we know about monkeypox: symptoms and transmission

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection caused by a virus belonging to the family Poxviridae. These viruses are transmitted directly or indirectly from animals to humans and, since they are highly resistant in dry environments or at high temperatures, they persist on infected surfaces for a longer period of time. However, despite the resistance of the…, What are the symptoms?, Monkeypox is characterised by mild symptoms and most infected patients recover within a few weeks, with no treatment required. Research has shown that monkeypox generally has an incubation period of 6 to 13 days and the symptoms developed may include: vesicular rash, which can cause pruritus (itching) or lesions on any part of the body (including…, What to do if you get sick?, If someone suspects that they have been infected with the virus and has specific symptoms, they should contact their doctor and provide recent travel information and their vaccination history. It is advisable for people travelling to endemic countries to avoid contact with sick animals and consuming wild game., How is monkeypox transmitted?, Monkeypox is transmitted through prolonged direct contact with someone who has been infected with the virus or through prolonged contact with contaminated objects. The virus can enter the body through skin lesions, the respiratory tract, eyes, nose or mouth as well as through close contact with body fluids. Monkeypox can also be transmitted from…, How can you protect yourself?, You need to perform proper hand hygiene, using water and soap or alcohol-based hand rub. It is advisable for those infected to be isolated and people who come into contact with them should use appropriate protective measures, such as masks and gloves. A vaccine for preventing monkeypox has already been approved, but studies have shown that the…, Emergence of monkeypox, Monkeypox was first detected in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where most human cases of monkeypox have been reported so far. It later spread to other countries in West and Central Africa, but Europe has not become an endemic area. In the past few weeks, a number of monkeypox cases have been reported in several Member…
14 March 2022

Blue Dot - Providing Critical Support To Refugees From Ukraine

What are Blue Dots? , Blue Dots are support hubs accessible to all persons facing greatest risks, to provide free of charge services for refugee children and families fleeing the war in Ukraine.  Blue Dots were established in partnership with local authorities and partners including UNHCR, as part of the partnership between UNICEF and UNHCR to provide frontline support…, Find the nearest Blue Dots in Romania, Map of Romania showing Blue Dot locations Currently, there are Blue Dot hubs and other support hubs for children and women in the border crossing areas at Sighetu Marmației, Siret, Isaccea, Albița, Huși, Iași as well as in Brașov and Bucharest. , The purpose of Blue Dot Hubs , UNICEF is working with partners to establish Blue Dots at all border crossings with Ukraine and at other locations within Romania, following the flow of children affected by the situation in Ukraine. The purpose is to “connect the (Blue) dots” to ensure all children are monitored, traced, protected and will arrive safely at the destination.   On…, Blue Dot Hubs  Locations  and available services:, Sighetu Marmației Blue Dot  Counselling & guidance about local services;   Legal advice on required documents for border passing;   Services for prevention of family separation;   Identification of accommodation;   Child friendly space (educational toys and games, art supplies, rest area)    Address: 17-19 General Mociulschi (Marmatia…
29 December 2021

Vaccine Confidence: Co-morbidities and COVID-19

Co-morbidities are conditions associated with worse health outcome. In the case of COVID-19, these are underlying medical conditions associated with high risk of severe COVID-19 infection, hospitalizations, and even death., WHAT DOES EVIDENCE SAY?, People of any age with underlying health conditions are more likely to get severely ill, require hospitalization and die from COVID-19. The risk of severe COVID-19 increases as the number of underlying medical conditions increases in a person. That's why vaccination is strongly recommended for them. COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and…, CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH A GREATER RISK OF SEVERE COVID-19, Not an exhaustive list. More conditions may be added as evidence emerges. HEART - Cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathies. LUNGS - Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchiectasis, tuberculosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis,…, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, Can people with co-morbidities or underlying health conditions receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people with co-morbidities or underlying health conditions since they are at a higher risk for severe COVID-19. Population groups with chronic lung disease, significant cardiac disease, respiratory disease,…,  DEBUNKING 'COVID-19 VACCINES AREN'T SAFE FOR PEOPLE WITH CO-MORBIDITIES' MYTH, COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people with co-morbidities or immuno- comprised. A misinformation that is circulating suggests that COVID-19 vaccines pose a great risk to people with underlying health conditions. All vaccines have been rigorously tested, examined and found to be efficacious at preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death…, DEBUNKING 'COVID-19 VACCINES COMPROMISE INDIVIDUAL'S IMMUNE SYSTEM' MYTH, COVID-19 vaccines will not compromise individual's natural immune system. One of the common COVID-19 vaccine myths is that COVID-19 vaccines wipe out or compromise individual's natural immune system. A vaccine is a tool that educates the immune system about infection but without the risk of becoming sick from the actual virus. It is like educating…, BUILD TRUST IN COVID-19 VACCINES, As a healthcare worker, you play an essential role in COVID-19 vaccine acceptance, confidence and uptake amongst the general population as well as people with co-morbidities. Patients may have questions about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and your answers can influence their decisions to get vaccinated and be protected against…
28 December 2021

The story of MRNA COVID-19 Vaccines

mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) molecule that provides cells with instructions for making proteins. The human body produces mRNA naturally and requires it in order to make vital proteins. Unlike most vaccines containing a weakened or killed bacteria or virus, mRNA vaccines use the mRNA molecule instead of an actual bacteria or…, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON COVID-19 MRNA VACCINES, How is mRNA vaccine differs from viral vector vaccines? mRNA vaccines use programmed and synthesized mRNA that teaches the body’s immune cells to create antibodies that can fight the COVID-19 virus. The Pfizer- BioNTech and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines use mRNA. Viral vector vaccines use harmless/weakened viruses to make specific SARS-CoV-2 (…, BUILD TRUST IN MRNA VACCINES TO YOUR PATIENTS, The decision to get vaccinated is personal choice. Studies show that people trust their own health practitioners for information about COVID-19 and vaccines. They want facts about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines and understand whether vaccination is the right choice for them. Start with empathy and understanding "Let me know all your…, DEBUNKING 'MRNA VACCINES ALTER DNA' MYTH, The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to prompt the body to make an immune response against COVID-19. mRNA vaccines do not alter DNA. The evidence says that mRNA vaccines are safe and effective and is approved by the WHO. One common myth about mRNA vaccines is that it alters DNA. There is a crucial difference…
05 August 2021

What can you do in two seconds?

It takes two seconds, to make a monthly SMS donation   , Two seconds, that’s all it takes to send a text and help vulnerable children have access to the social, education and health services they so greatly need. In order to make a monthly SMS donation to UNICEF, you have to text CHILD to: 8844 – for monthly recurring donations of EUR 2. 8864 – for monthly recurring donations of EUR 4. You will receive…, What’s good to know, ➡️• Why monthly donations?, The problems of vulnerable and marginalised children are complex and they rarely have quick fixes. To respond to these challenges, UNICEF implements long-term projects that span over at least 5-7 years.   You choose for how long you wish to donate and you can very easily cancel your monthly SMS donation. In order to contribute to a fundamental…, ➡️• How do I make a monthly SMS donation?, Send a free SMS with the word CHILD to 8864 and donate EUR 4 each month. Send a free SMS with the word CHILD to 8844 and donate EUR 2 each month. There are no additional charges for these texts or for the confirmation text messages. If you are with Orange or Digi, you will receive a text confirming that you have become a UNICEF Friend and have…, ➡️• Why am I asked whether I want UNICEF to know my phone number?, 24 hours after you made the donation, you will get a text message asking you to consent to being contacted by UNICEF: “Do you consent to UNICEF knowing your phone number to tell you how you help children? Thank you! If you do not consent, please text NO to 8844 in the next 24 hours”. If you reply NO to this SMS, we will not know your phone number…, ➡️• What should I do if I sent the wrong text?, If you sent the wrong text, you will get a message from 24400 informing you that your donation could not be made and prompting you to start over., ➡️• How do I cancel the donation?, Once you have made a donation, you cannot cancel the first payment. If you do not want to donate from next month on, you can text CHILD STOP to 8844 - if you gave EUR 2, or text CHILD STOP to 8864 - if you gave EUR 4, and donations will stop. If you need help: write to us at Prietenunicef@unicef.org or call us at 021.20178.64 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m…, ➡️• How do I stop the donation?, Each month, you will receive a thank you SMS which will also explain how you can stop giving. You can stop donating at any time by sending a free text with the words CHILD STOP to 8844 if you are donating EUR 2. Or text CHILD STOP to 8864 if you are donating EUR 4., ➡️• How is the money collected?, If you are on a monthly plan: your 2 euro/4 euro donation will be added to your mobile bill each month. If you have a pay-as-you-go SIM card: the 2 euros/4 euros need to be topped up separately (in addition to the credit available for that month). For example: if you have topped up EUR 5 for that month, the amount you have to pay to the mobile…, ➡️• How can I donate more?, There are several options to make more generous monthly donations: You can add a second monthly text donation as follows: if you are already donating EUR 2, the second donation will amount to EUR 4 per month – by texting CHILD to 8864.  If you are already donating EUR 4 monthly, the second donation will amount to EUR 2 per month – by texting CHILD…, ➡️• How can I find out how my donation helps children?, To us, it is very important to keep you up to date with the results achieved for children. We communicate the latest results for children on the UNICEF website , on our Facebook , Twitter and YouTube pages and in the UNICEF newsletters. Subscribe here: I want to receive stories of the children ! We are always happy when UNICEF Friends ask us for…, Superheroes that UNICEF Friends have helped spread their wings, Thousands of UNICEF Friends have helped us reach out to children. Find out some of their stories below. Only by acting together can we write a happy ending to each story! Nicolas Meet Nicolas, Dominic, Cristian and Denisa! Leonard în scaunul cu rotile Meet and listen to Leonard, Ana-Maria, Denis and Florinel! Edi Serios Meet and listen to Edi,…, The impact of the donations made by UNICEF Friends, The long-term monthly support provided by UNICEF Friends is very important. The problems that  vulnerable children are facing in Romania require solutions that can transform mindsets and produce lasting changes. Therefore, UNICEF carries out long-term interventions that span over at least 5-7 years. Just like in Edi’s case. And in Leonard’s case.…, Results for children, We work to make sure that all children live a safe life and have access to social and health services, to decent living conditions and to quality inclusive education.   Many Romanian children are now smiling thanks to UNICEF Friends. Here are some of the results* we are pleased to share with all our supporters:  ✔ All children identified as…