01 February 2024

AURORA

What is Aurora?, Aurora is a real-time evaluation and monitoring tool that helps community workers and authorities. Aurora records data about people, households, communes, and cities (town halls) collected over time by community workers and field operators. On-site activity is monitored by county coordinators at General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child…, How is Aurora working?, A mobile app that is used in field work by local field professionals for case management. The application collects data about all members of the household, generates a diagnosis of vulnerabilities of children and women, and then suggests a basic service package.   A web platform that aggregates data at local, county and national level. With this…, Evolution of the Aurora project over the years, 2011, The "First Priority: No Visible Child" project was launched to recommend: "There should be a methodology for fully diagnosing vulnerabilities based on a grid of indicators to be applied uniformly to all children and all communities. methodology, correlation of vulnerabilities diagnosed with the individual intervention plan. The new methodologies,…, 2013, The Risk and Vulnerability Identification Methodology was developed with the support of CERME and CPSS. The methodology records data about all members of the household and involves the collection of widely accepted indicators for relevance to the situation of children and their families and measures 17 vulnerabilities and 37 sub-vulnerabilities.…, 2014, The software tool, comprised of the mobile application and the web platform, was developed with the support of the ATTA Systems team. The system is implemented and tested in 32 rural localities of the most vulnerable communities in 8 counties, with the support of over 90 community workers and county coordinators. Within one year of the project,…, 2015, The evaluation of the project "Social inclusion through the provision of integrated services at the community level" shows the first results of using Aurora to provide the minimum service package. The adjacent graph shows the dynamics of the households monitored during the project. The first data collection for a household is recorded as T0 and…, 2017, With the support of the ATTA Systems team, the Health and Social Services Map of Bacau County has been developed to support the Bacau County Council in planning support measures for children and families in situations of vulnerability, marginalization and exclusion. The social and medical service map is integrated with Aurora to enable field…, 2018, Aurora is only used as a data collection tool for the last component of the project to deinstitutionalize children in institutions and ensure the transition of their care in the community. The system is used to review all households with children from 30 communes located in 29 counties in Romania with the help of 400 community workers. 8,865…, 2019, The evaluation of the project "Social inclusion through the provision of integrated services at the community level" shows the first results of using Aurora to provide the minimum service package. The adjacent graph shows the dynamics of the households monitored during the project. The first data collection for a household is recorded as T0 and…, 2020, Following the UNICEF modelling project, the Government of Romania enacted Law No. 231, mandating the use of the Minimum Package of Services (MPS) model nationwide, which supports the provision of services for vulnerable children and families, provided at a local level, with the aid of Aurora.  , 2021, A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the National Authority for the Protection of Children's Rights and Adoption and UNICEF Romania, with the scope of handing over Aurora for national scale-up and future integration within the national management information system for children (SINA - National Integrated Systems for Adoption).  , 2022, The technical development on SINA continues, supported by the Competitiveness Operational Programme (POC) 2014/2020, under the framework of a National Strategy for the Digital Agenda and the Integrated Plan for simplifying administrative procedures. Concurrently, the UNICEF's programme and case management activities - relying on continuous use of…, 2023, By enactment of Law No. 156 on prevention of separation of children from their families, the National Child Observatory is established and regulated embedding Aurora as SINA's prevention component, and the activities of identifying vulnerabilities, initiating case management for children, and providing the minim package of social services for…, The current situation, Aurora contains data about Children 29,800 CHILDREN People 172,352 PEOPLE Households 57,568 HOUSEHOLDS Vulnerabilities 160,017 VULNERABLE PEOPLE *The displayed data reflects the real-time status, featuring the most recent household information as of December 31, 2023., What type of data Aurora provides, Unregistered child with family doctor Unregistered child with family doctor, Unregistered child with family doctor. The adjacent graph shows the dynamics of the households monitored during the project. The first data collection for a household is recorded as T0 and shows the situation at the initial time. After every 9 months, according to the methodology, data collection is recorded at T1, T2, ..., Tn and shows the…, UNICEF Unvaccinated child Unvaccinated child, Unvaccinated child. The adjacent graph shows the dynamics of the households monitored during the project. The first data collection for a household is recorded as T0 and shows the situation at the initial time. After every 9 months, according to the methodology, data collection is recorded at T1, T2, ..., Tn and shows the dynamics of the household…, UNICEF Child without identity papers Child without identity papers, Child without identity papers. The adjacent graph shows the dynamics of the households monitored during the project. The first data collection for a household is recorded as T0 and shows the situation at the initial time. After every 9 months, according to the methodology, data collection is recorded at T1, T2, ..., Tn and shows the dynamics of…, UNICEF Child at risk of school drop-out Child at risk of school drop-out, Child at risk of school drop-out. The adjacent graph shows the dynamics of the households monitored during the project. The first data collection for a household is recorded as T0 and shows the situation at the initial time. After every 9 months, according to the methodology, data collection is recorded at T1, T2, ..., Tn and shows the dynamics of…, UNICEF Children living in poverty Children living in poverty, Children living in poverty by municipalities within one district/county., UNICEF Aurora Case Management App Aurora Case Management App, The information about the individuals in the image is fictional and provided as an example, UNICEF Aurora data reporting on children vulnerability Aurora data reporting on children vulnerability, The information about the individuals in the image is fictional and provided as an example, UNICEF Unregistered child with family doctor Unvaccinated child Child without identity papers Child at risk of school drop-out Children living in poverty Aurora Case Management App Aurora data reporting on children vulnerability, VIDEOS, Find out more about Aurora, If you're interested in understanding how Aurora improves the lives of vulnerable children, reach out to us at:  bucharest@unicef.org or vtomus@unicef.org . A set of relevant documentation is available at all times in Aurora and can be tailored to match different humanitarian and country-specific contexts. This customizable repository includes…
26 July 2023

Heat wave safety tips

Heat waves are anything but fun in the sun. Extreme heat and humidity can be extremely uncomfortable and pose serious health risks, especially for infants, children, pregnant women and the elderly. Without taking the proper precautions, extreme heat can lead to heat stroke and even worse, fatality. As a result of climate change, heat waves are…, Heat wave facts, Insolation What is a heat wave?  Heat waves happen when the temperature is higher than normal for several days in a row. Humidity can cause it to feel much hotter. What causes a heat wave?  Heat waves result from warm air being trapped in the atmosphere and are a natural weather phenomenon. Heat waves are increasing in intensity and frequency due…, What to do in a heat wave, Heatwave effect Be prepared Know how hot and humid it is going to get today, this week and this month to help plan outside activities. Keep an emergency kit at home that contains oral rehydration salt (ORS) packets, a thermometer, water bottles, towels or cloths to wet for cooling, a handheld fan or mister with batteries, and a checklist to…, Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness Severe symptoms of heat stress require urgent care.  If a family member is presenting any of the severe symptoms below you should call for an ambulance or arrange for another form of transport to a health facility immediately. Trust your instincts and don’t hesitate to call for medical assistance., Symptoms of heat-related illness, Milder symptoms - treat at home Severe symptoms – take to hospital immediately General Dry lips/sticky mouth Excessive thirst Excessive sweating Weakness /dizziness Nausea/vomiting Small blisters/rashes Heat rashes Mild fever Nosebleeds Cramps, usually in arms and legs Confusion/not responding clearly /seizures/coma/not waking up (MOST SEVERE)…, How to treat heatstroke and heat-related illnesses, How to treat heatstroke and heat-related illnesses Take the following steps to help your loved one cool, rehydrate and recover:, 1. Cool and rush to health facility if severe, If a family member is experiencing  severe symptoms  of heat-related illnesses, it is important to cool first and transport second.   Help the person sit or lie down in a cool shaded area with good ventilation. Close curtains to create more shade. Turn on a fan or air conditioner if available. Apply wet towels to the skin at head, neck, armpits…, 2. Reduce temperature, Move the person into a cool area if not done so already. Close curtains to create more shade. Turn on a fan or air conditioner if available.    Apply wet towels or cool water to the body, particularly at head, neck, armpits and groin. Keep changing the towels or dipping them in cool water every few minutes to provide cool water for the body. If…, 3. Rehydrate, Infants under six months: Breastfeed to rehydrate the infant. Encourage mother to also drink more water, especially if breastfeeding.  Older infants and children: Given your infant or child water in small amounts to help them become used to it.  If the child has sweated a lot or is sweating a lot, add some Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) to the water…
23 June 2023

Beyond Conventional Care: Supporting adolescents diagnosed with depression through rTMS treatment

Addressing the growing mental health needs of children and adolescents in Romania, the “Dr. Constantin Gorgos” Psychiatric Hospital for Children in Bucharest has taken a significant stride forward with the support of UNICEF, through their partnership with the Bucharest Administration of Hospitals and Medical Services (ASSMB).   The hospital has…, How rTMS Works, The rTMS treatment is beneficial for adolescents struggling with depression and a range of other psychiatric and neurological conditions. This non-invasive procedure directly targets specific areas of the brain using magnetic fields, similar to technology used by MRIs, helping regulate neural activity and restoring balance. The targeted…, Accessing the treatment , Access to rTMS treatment at the Gorgos Hospital follows a clear process. Dr. Chiru explains that “The journey begins with a referral from a psychiatrist already involved in the patient's correct classic course of anti-depression care, including therapy and medication, as rTMS is not a first intention treatment”. This referral aids Dr. Chiru in…, Improving mental health care and treatment options for children and adolescents in Romania , The inclusion of rTMS therapy as a complementary treatment at Gorgos Hospital signifies a positive shift in the landscape of mental health care for adolescents in Romania. The Bucharest Administration of Hospitals and Medical Services (ASSMB) played a pivotal role in facilitating the implementation of this initiative through accessing funding as…