To respond to the urgent needs of children and families, UNICEF Serbia is re-prioritizing its internal resources and building partnerships to support children and their communities in Serbia.
- helping to slow the spread of the virus, especially in the most vulnerable communities, by providing public information on COVID-19 prevention measures
- ensuring the continuity of maternal and child health, education and child protection services for children and their families
- providing hygiene items, personal protection equipment (PPE), ventilators and other medical supplies
- working to address the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and long-term recovery
Results we achieved during COVID-19 pandemic in Serbia
Early Childhood Development and Health
As COVID-19 burdens the health system, UNICEF is working to ensure the continuity of life-saving maternal, newborn and child health services.
- Distributed 71,900 surgical gloves, 5,200 surgical aprons, 25,116 surgical gowns, 99,950 surgical masks, 1,549 coveralls, and 5,376 faceshields, and 9,000 N95 masks
- Procured 50 mechanical ventilators and 60 oxygen flowmeters
- Nearly 7,000 people living in Roma settlements reached with critical hygiene items
- Roma Health Mediators supported nearly 3,400 people
With over 1,000,000 children housebound because of preschool and school closures, UNICEF is providing advice and support to parents, caregivers and educators to support home and remote learning, and is working with partners to design innovative education solutions.
- Supported national education authorities to provide distance learning, thus supporting over 790,000 children
- Pedagogues supported nearly 22,000 children and over 1,600 parents
- 79 Camtasia software licences procured for recording distance learning lessons
As communities are disrupted, children already at risk of violence, exploitation and abuse will find themselves even more vulnerable. UNICEF is working to prevent this pandemic from turning into a crisis of child protection.
- 4,400 foster families reached with hygiene kits
- Hygiene kits distributed to 19 residential institutions, reaching nearly 2,000 people
- Nearly 150 refugee and migrant children, parents and primary care givers provided with community based mental health and psychosocial support
Adolescents and Young People
UNICEF is listening to adolescents and young people to ensure that their voices are heard, and their unique needs are understood and addressed during the immediate crisis and the long-term recovery.
- Over 700,000 young people reached with COVID-19 messaging through social media
- The #VolonteriNaMreži social media campaign carried out by volunteers resulted in more than 20,000 interactions on more than 400 volunteer posts
UNICEF is working with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, WHO, other UN agencies, the Red Cross of Serbia and NGO partners, focusing on vulnerable children, adolescents and families with children – those living in poor households, Roma settlements, refugee and migrant centres, residential institutions and foster families.
Read more about UNICEF's response here.
What parents should know?
How to protect yourself and your children?
Mental health care during COVID-19 pandemic
Materials about coronavirus
Donors and partners
The number of companies that responded to our call indicates that there is a strong awareness in the business community that working together is a force that can benefit all of us.
The list of our donors and partners can be found on the link here.
Do not amplify fake news
On social networks and messaging aps, circular messages have emerged with harmful coronavirus tips allegedly shared by UNICEF.
UNICEF does not share information about coronavirus in messaging apps, i.e. Viber and WhatsApp.
We share the official information and recommendations of the World Health Organization and other relevant institutions on UNICEF's official social media pages and website.
In times of crisis, it is extremely important to obtain information solely from proven sources: